- Address: Mooki Street, Johannesburg
- Country: South Africa
- Capacity: 37,000
- Opened: 1959
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Orlando Pirates (football)
Extra stadium info – Orlando Stadium
The Orlando Stadium, which is also used for concerts and rugby union matches, opened in 1959 with a capacity of 24,000. It is the home of the Orlando Pirates, the second South African sports club with 1 million followers on its main social media page. The club is among the first African sports clubs with a value of at least $10 million. The Orlando Pirates won the South African top-flight football league several times. In 1995, they became the first South African football club with an African football championship title after beating the Ivorian side ASEC Mimosas.
The Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs
The Pirates have a fierce rivalry with the Kaizer Chiefs. The games between both clubs are known as Soweto Derbies. In 1970, the Orlando Pirates won the first-ever Soweto Derby. The Pirates scored six goals and the Chiefs scored four goals. The Kaizer Chiefs won the first-ever league game between both clubs in 1971. 94,000 people showed up for a Soweto Derby, which became a record attendance for a South African football league game.
Benedict Saul McCarthy
The former forward Benedict Saul McCarthy ended his professional football career with the Orlando Pirates. In 2004, he became the first South African football player to win the world famous UEFA Champions League. McCarthy won the European football tournament with the Portuguese side FC Porto after beating AS Monaco in the German city of Gelsenkirchen. He also won a world championship title with FC Porto after beating Once Caldas from Colombia. 45,000 people attended the match, which took place in the Japanese city of Yokohama.