Rand Stadium was originally built between the years 1949 to 1951 and is located in Rosettenville, a suburb south of Johannesburg. In 1976, the venue famously staged a first ever multi-racial South African national football team when they played Argentina during the Apartheid era under the banner of an “International XI” to avoid a ban from world soccer body, Fifa.
The 2009 Nedbank Cup final between Moroka Swallows and the University of Pretoria was also played at the venue.
Bafana Bafana (the South African men’s national football team) played their international fixture against Mauritius there in April 1993, and is widely regarded as one of the best playing surfaces in the country.
Rand Stadium has played host to some of South Africa’s top football teams, including yesteryear local giants Highlands Park and Germiston Callies, while top class international football teams like Arsenal (England), Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) have also graced the turf. The venue has also staged some international boxing spectacles.
Even though Rand Stadium has a new-look with an all-seater stadium, the old scoreboard has been retained for heritage purposes.