MANGAUNG Oval • CAPACITY 20,000 • END NAMES Loch Logan End, Willows End • HOME TEAMS VKB Knights, Free State
Located in Bloemfontein, capital of Free State province, Mangaung Oval is a spectator-friendly ground, with the sizeable grass embankment on the eastern side especially popular with spectators. It is part of a wonderful sporting complex, covering a massive city block that includes facilities of either international or provincial standard for athletics, rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis and swimming.
The ground has been used for limited-overs internationals since the fifth one-day international between South Africa and India in December 1992. The pitch is recognised as a good one-day wicket and is usually conducive to high scoring.
It hosted its first Test in October 1999 when South Africa took on Zimbabwe. It was a good start for the Proteas as they thrashed SA’s northern neighbours by an innings and 13 runs.
Mangaung Oval (previously known as Chevrolet Park, OUTsurance Oval and Goodyear Park) used to be known as Springbok Park before the commercial expediency to appease its sponsors forced a change. It is one of the newer grounds in South Africa and hence is better designed and more spacious- it can accommodate 20,000 spectators.
The ground played its part in South African Test history when, fittingly, Allan Donald, who, as Free State cricketer played for many years here, became the first South African to capture 300 test wickets, during the first Test against New Zealand in November 2000.
One of the greatest innings ever played occurred early in 1994 when the former South African captain Hansie Cronje smashed 251 against the touring Australians, hitting 28 fours and six sixes.
It 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.
HAVE A BRAAI
Bring your gas braaier and make sure you don’t miss out on a second of the action. No braai, no problem, we have braai areas available.
HAVE A SNACK
Bring your own picnic basket – or purchase your beverages & snacks at any one of our kiosks or bars.
WALK ON THE FIELD
Have the opportunity to walk on the field after the game and the chance to meet and greet your favourite players. (Selected matches)
Relax in the kids friendly Momentum Family Area. Kids have fun at the KFC Mini Cricket Play Ground. Chill Freeze Gun and a 10 metre-slip slide foam area. Free Candy Floss (Selected Matches)
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED INTO THE STADIUM:
Firearms, weapons, knives and imitation weapons
Fireworks, explosives, flammable items
Illegal drugs or narcotics
Glass Bottles or containers
Air horns / Vuvuzelas
Only gas braais allowed
FSCU reserves the right to refuse entry to any person carrying any other dangerous article or substance not referred to above.
Security searches will be conducted to certain items or persons to ensure safety and security of all spectators.
Free State Cricket Union Disclaims any responsibility for any loss or damages
Children under 12 should be accompanied by adult supervision