The rugby at Loftus is an experience to behold! Even during the day, hours before the game, literally bus-loads of fans, adorned from head to toe in blue, swarm the roads around the stadium, enjoying an afternoon barbeque and a few beers and really generating a party atmosphere.
The stadium is big, and can be seem from around the city. Access is facilitated by an army of staff at the gates who were very helpful for me as a first time visitor. Seat and section markings are a little bemusing at first, so give yourself a little time to find your seat. Once inside the venue, staff seemed to be thin on the ground. Decent food stalls are to be found behind the stands, along with a few toilet blocks – although there seemed to be far too few toilets for the size of the ground.
The atmosphere was great during the game. Bulls fans are proud, vocal and maybe just a little bit crazy. Look out for the hard hats with horns on them! I was a little annoyed that some of the fans would stand up every time their team did something well, and stay standing as the action continued. Of course we all want to jump and cheer sometimes, but it would be nice if these people had a care for those sitting behind them.
Loftus is known as a fortress in the rugby world. It is well worth a game or two, and I would even recommend a trip to Pretoria just to experience this amazing stadium and its mad fans!
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