The Wanderers Stadium (Known an the Imperial Wanderers Stadium for sponsorship reasons) is a stadium situated just south of Sandton in Illovo, Johannesburg in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Test, One Day and First class cricket matches are played here. It is also the home ground for the Highveld Lions, formerly known as Gauteng (Transvaal).
South African flag at Wanderers Stadium
|Location||Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg|
|Corlett Drive End|
Golf Course End
|First Test||24–29 December 1956:|
South Africa v England
|Last Test||11-14 January 2019:|
South Africa v Pakistan
|First ODI||13 December 1992:|
South Africa v India
|Last ODI||3 March 2019:|
South Africa v Sri Lanka
|First T20I||21 October 2005:|
South Africa v New Zealand
|Last T20I||24 March 2019:|
South Africa v Sri Lanka
|As of 27
The stadium has a seating capacity of 34,000, and was built in 1956 to replace the Old Wanderers Stadium. It was completely overhauled following South Africa's readmission to international cricket in 1991. In 1996, five new 65-metre-high (213 ft) floodlight masts replaced the existing four 30-metre-high (98 ft) masts, enabling day-night limited-overs cricket. It is nicknamed 'The Bullring' due to its design and intimidating atmosphere.
On 1 October 2004, the Wanderers Clubhouse was virtually destroyed by fire. At that stage it was known as Liberty Life Wanderers, but as from the 2008/09 season, Bidvest Group took up the sponsoring of the ground, thus it became its present-day name of BIDVest Wanderers Stadium until the end of September 2019.
On 4th October 2019, the Wanderers Stadium announced a new naming rights deal with global logistics company , Imperial Logistics. The stadium is now referred to as Imperial Wanderers Stadium
The Wanderers Stadium also hosted a rugby union test match in April 1980 between South Africa and the South American Jaguars while Johannesburg's normal venue, Ellis Park Stadium, was being redeveloped.
The ground is among the most historically significant cricket grounds of the twenty-first century. It has staged some of the most important matches in ODI and T20I history, and has witnessed a number of outstanding world records.
The 2003 Cricket World Cup final was held at the Wanderers Stadium. This stadium also hosted one of the greatest One-day international matches, played between South Africa and Australia in which a world record score of 434 was chased down by South Africa. It hosted matches of the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 including the first match and the final which was won by India, who defeated Pakistan.
In a T20 played on 11 January 2015, between West Indies and South Africa, West Indies chased a world record score of 236 in any T20 International cricket match.
On 18 January 2015, the Wanderers stadium saw South Africa's AB de Villiers break the 19-year-old record for fastest ODI half-century, previously held by Sri Lankan maestro Sanath Jayasuriya, by making 50 off 16 balls against the West Indies. In the same match, he also broke Corey Anderson's fastest ODI century record (held for one year and seven days) by making 100 off 31 deliveries. He finished on 149, caught on the boundary in the final over, scored off 44 balls with a strike rate of 338.63.
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