Buffalo City Stadium (also known as the BCM Stadium) is a multi-use stadium in East London, South Africa. It is currently used mostly for Rugby Union matches and is the home stadium of Border Bulldogs. The stadium holds 16,000 people.

Buffalo City Stadium
Full nameBuffalo City Municipality Stadium
Former namesAbsa Stadium
Basil Kenyon Stadium
LocationArcadia, East London
Coordinates33°0′24″S 27°54′19″E / 33.00667°S 27.90528°E / -33.00667; 27.90528
OwnerBuffalo City Metropolitan Municipality
Border Bulldogs (1934–present) (Currie Cup)

The stadium has undergone three name changes. Originally, it was named Border Rugby Union Grounds, which was changed to the Basil Kenyon Stadium, after the Springbok player who captained the Springboks on a successful 3-month tour of England in 1951. It has also been called ABSA Stadium, for sponsorship reasons.[1][2] On 26 June 2010, The BCM Stadium hosted a Test match between Italy and South Africa. South Africa won 55–11.

Notable matches


In August 1978, 5,500 spectators at the stadium watched the South African Country Districts XV beat the touring American Cougars 44–12.[3][4][5]

1995 Rugby World Cup


The stadium was one of the host venues for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. It hosted 3 first round matches in Pool B during the tournament.

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
27 May 1995   Italy 18–42   Western Samoa Group B 11,000
30 May 1995   Western Samoa 32–26   Argentina Group B 11,000
4 June 1995   Argentina 25–31   Italy Group B 11,000


  1. ^ "Craven Week in History". 25 June 2010. Archived from the original on 8 July 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Absa Stadium". BuffaloCity.gov.za. 13 October 2009. Archived from the original on 10 January 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  3. ^ "South Africans Down Americans". The News and Courier. Associated Press. 12 August 1978. Retrieved 21 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Sports Shorts". The Robesonian. Associated Press. 11 August 1978. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  5. ^ Select Books (2010). "Sports Catalogue May 2010. [Opens .doc file directly.]". Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2011.

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