The 34 000-seater Bidvest Wanderers Stadium (also known as the Bull Ring) is located in the Johannesburg suburb of Illovo and is one of the most famous cricket stadiums in the world. Home to the bizhub Highveld Lions, the Wanderers is also occasionally used as a venue for concerts and festivals.
The current stadium was built in 1956 to replace the old Wanderers Stadium that was located in downtown Johannesburg and had to be demolished to make way for construction of the Park Station train station
Since South Africa’s return to international cricket in 1991, the Wanderers stadium has undergone major changes to its infrastructure and set-up. Everything from the playing field to the stadium itself has been renovated and expanded to match the highest international standards and today the stadium is one of the most popular cricket venues in the country. Visitors to the Wanderers can enjoy modern conveniences like free Wi-fi and some stands even have in-built braai areas.
Over the last two decades the Wanderers has hosted a number of major international cricketing events including the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup final in 2003 and the ICC World T20 final in 2007.
The stadium has also been the scene of a number of memorable record-breaking matches. In 2006, arguably the most exciting one-day international game ever was played at Wanderers. Australia set a record – a seemingly unassailable – 434/4 in the first innings. However, South Africa’s Proteas then went on to score 438/9, winning by one wicket and with just one ball to spare. In January 2015 records were broken again when the West Indies successfully chased a world record T20 score of 236 and just one week later at the same ground South Africa's AB de Villiers broke the world record for the fastest ever century hitting 100 off just 31 balls (de Villiers finished his innings on 149 off 44 balls, a tally which included 16 sixes).
The stadium can only be visited during matches and events or by prior arrangement.