The Long Room Wedding Venue – Known as the ‘Bullring’ because of its intimidating atmosphere for visiting teams, the Wanderers has a rich history. It was the third Test ground in Johannesburg following the Old Wanderers Stadium and Ellis Park.
For more than 74 years, it has provided the focal point of Johannesburg’s sporting aspirations, whether they be cricket or golf – which between them dominate the district of Illovo, where the club is based – or tennis, squash and bowls, which can also be found tucked away in the back streets. In October 2003 the clubhouse itself was entirely gutted by a fire, which began in the kitchens and spread through the ventilation ducts, leaving little that could rescue three-quarters of a century of tradition.
Among the trophies, photographs and cricketana lost forever was the bat with which Graeme Pollock scored 274 against Australia in 1966-67. The first Test at the ground was in 1956 when England won by 131 runs and it has gone on to witness numerous memorable moments. These include South Africa’s penultimate Test before being banned from international cricket in 1970, when they crushed Australia by 307 runs. Following readmission, the ground became a lasting memory for many England fans when Mike Atherton batted for over 10 hours to save the Test in 1995. In 2003 it hosted the World Cup final, as Australia waltzed to victory over India, and in March 2006, it was the scene of the most extraordinary one-day match in history, when South Africa successfully chased Australia\’s world-record total of 434 for 4.
Long Room Weddings
The elegant and bespoke Long Room at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium has become one of the most sought-after special event venues in Johannesburg. With its breath-taking views of the stadium and rich history behind it, The Long Room can accommodate up to 400 guests.
Nestled in the middle of the stadia is The Balcony Room rich in Tuscan-themed décor and delightful views as well. This quaint and intimate venue can accommodate up to 130 guests.
The expert banqueting team and their specially selected preferred suppliers will happily attend to every detail of the wedding taking care of catering, décor, floral design, printing of menu cards, food tastings, rolling out of the red carpet and satisfying any special requirements.
To arrange a personal consultation with one of our expert wedding reception co-coordinators, please contact us.