The people of Bidvest Wanderers Stadium
We took some time to speak to some visitors at the Bullring in recent games. Walking around the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium allowed them to share some of their stories and remembrances of their time spent at the Stadium.
Fans and cricket enthusiasts show up and are key to create an atmosphere that welcomes visitors from all over.
Many people of all ages and from all places have passed through these gates - each with a unique story to tell about their experiences of the stadiums legacy and the memories they shared here. We call these people ‘The people of Bidvest Wanderers Stadium’.
Shakes, an institution at the Bullring
Shakes, a die-hard Lions and Protea’s fan has been coming to the stadium for 45 years and has never failed to miss a game. He reminisces about how his dad started bringing him from the age of 15 years. He witnessed the 438 - match between the Protea’s and Australia in 2006 at the ground when Australia set a record – a presumably unassailable – 434/4 in the first innings, however, the Proteas then went on to score 438/9, winning by one wicket with just one ball to spare. His favourite legendary players are Graeme Pollock and Jimmy Cook. He explains how he sits in the same seat during every match at the stadium and describes how emotional he feels when his team loses a match and the incomparable pride when the team wins. Bidvest Wanderers Stadium has allowed him these sentiments, it is his home away from home.
Even the Yankees love the Bullring
Two American men were keen to share why they were visiting the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium. They wanted to experience a cricket match in South Africa and more importantly at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium. One explains how it has been such an amazing experience getting to learn about the game and how exciting it is that fans can go onto the field during the break to feel the energy and be a part of the match. The other goes on to explain that from where they come from, there is nothing like this Bullring experience.
Not all people who visit the stadium are regulars, two new visitors to the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium spoke of how they remember the memorable 438-match that took place at the stadium while watching it on tv. They explain that although they watched the game at home, they remember wishing that they were feeling all the emotions possible that came with watching the match live. They were proud to be experiencing a match in the Bullring for the first time, and will definitely be coming back.
A young boy tells us how he loves to come to the stadium to watch his favourite players, to play and hang out with his friends. Watching the game at the stadium, makes him and his friends want to shine in cricket at school.
More memories will be made with friends and family never to be forgotten at the 3rd Sunfoil Test between South Africa and India on the 24th January 2018 at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium. A day out at the stadium is a perfect day for all. Be a part of Bidvest Wanderers Stadium’s legacy.