About The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
To be precise, The Wanderers is in fact The New Wanderers. The Old Wanderers first hosted Test cricket in 1896, when South Africa faced England and George Lohmann claimed 9 for 28 in South Africa's first innings to help the English to a convincing innings victory. The New Wanderers, on the other hand, first hosted Test cricket in December 1956, and its first one-day international, between South Africa and India, in December 1992. The stadium also hosted 2003 Cricket World final. It is known as "the Bullring" for its electric, sometimes intimidating atmosphere. High stands surround most of the field, although there is a small grassed area that is very popular with spectators. It is the third stadium in Johannesburg where Test cricket has been played. It has a seating capacity of 30,000 with comfortable stands. The ground is also very well suited for the players with brilliant lighting, quick outfields and a great pitch that favours both the batsmen and the bowlers. Many memorable matches have been played the New Wanderers Stadium. The 2003 World Cup, South Africa's record chase of Australia's total of 434 and the unforgettable 2007 WT20 final are the captivating games played at this venue. Unfortunately a devastating fire destroyed much of the pavilion on October 1, 2004 and along with it some priceless items of history. The Stadium was renovated later on.