Mangaung Oval, previously known as Springbok Park, Chevrolet Park, Goodyear Park, and OUTsurance Oval, is a cricket oval in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It is currently used mostly for cricket matches. It is the home of the Knights cricket team. The stadium holds 20,000 people and opened in 1989.

Mangaung Oval
Springbok Park, OUTsurance Oval,
Goodyear Park
Ground information
LocationBloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
Coordinates29°7′0.04″S 26°12′18.97″E / 29.1166778°S 26.2052694°E / -29.1166778; 26.2052694
OwnerMangaung Metropolitan Municipality
OperatorFree State
TenantsFree State
End names
Loch Logan End
Willows End
International information
First Test29 Oct – 1 Nov 1999:
 South Africa v  Zimbabwe
Last Test6–10 October 2017:
 South Africa v  Bangladesh
First ODI15 December 1992:
 South Africa v  India
Last ODI29 January 2023:
 South Africa v  England
First T20I8 October 2010:
 South Africa v  Zimbabwe
Last T20I26 October 2017:
 South Africa v  Bangladesh
Only WODI14 May 2018:
 South Africa v  Bangladesh
First WT20I19 May 2018:
 South Africa v  Bangladesh
Last WT20I20 May 2018:
 South Africa v  Bangladesh
Team information
Free State (1989-present)
Knights (2004-present)
As of 29 January 2023
Source: Cricinfo

History edit

The ground hosted its first one-day international in December 1992 when South Africa cruised to an eight-wicket victory over India. In October 1999 it was accorded full Test status with the visit of Zimbabwe.[1]

Early in 1994 at the ground Hansie Cronje smashed 251 with 28 fours and six sixes against the touring Australians. The ground played its part in South African Test history when, fittingly, Allan Donald, who as a Free State cricketer played many times at the ground, became the first South African to capture 300 Test wickets during the First Test against New Zealand in November 2000.[1]

In March 2003 Feiko Kloppenburg and Klaas-Jan van Noortwijk of The Netherlands scored a century in the same match as Netherlands posted their only win in 2003 Cricket World Cup against Namibia.[2]

On 7 March 2007, Irish vocal pop band Westlife held a concert for The Love Tour supporting their album The Love Album.

This was the stadium where Colin Ingram scored his maiden ODI century in his first international match, the first South African to score a century on his ODI debut.[3]

Springbok Park boasts some of the best lights in the country and is regularly used for day/night matches, when the grassy banks become colourfully filled with spectators and a carnival atmosphere prevails. It is just 10 minutes walk from the city centre, with Bloemfontein coach station adjacent to the ground.[1]

A naming rights arrangement saw the ground renamed Goodyear Park due to sponsorship by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company until the 2007/08 season when it was renamed the OUTsurance Oval. It has since been renamed again as Mangaung Oval.[citation needed]

Zimbabwe are scheduled to play South Africa in a one-off test in March 2024.[citation needed]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Mangaung Oval". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  2. ^ "39th Match, Bloemfontein, Mar 3 2003, ICC World Cup". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  3. ^ "South Africa v Zimbabwe 2010-11". CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 November 2020.

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