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Ellis Park

Here is the world infamous Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. This Stadium was made popular by the hit movie “Invictus” which replays the events of the 1994 Rugby World Cup and how the springboks overcame all the controversy surrounding them and won the tournament and in essence began the healing process for the people of South Africa. Great movie, I highly recommend it.

But more often than not Hollywood depicts the romantic stories and leaves out the tragedies. I took the image below and I researched it way after; on 11 April 2001 in soccer match between two local rivals roughly 50 people were crushed to death when the crowds kept on crawling into the stadium while the security forces weren’t capable of holding them back. It seems that there was some controversy to what truly transpired, here is a link from wikipedia


8 responses

  1. It hardly feels right to “like” this post, though I did. I like it in a “I recognize what your work and thank you for sharing this story” way.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

  2. Good of you to point out and commemorate the tragedy, but Invictus was awe inspiring. The good, the bad and the ugly…

    May 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    • Thanks… I haven’t forgotten about the HDR info… I’ll pass it along over the weekend, swamped in my real job 🙂

      May 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      • Not a problem. I’m not in any hurry. Pretty swamped myself to be thinking about trying something new.

        May 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  3. I remember that tragic day like it happened yesterday!! 😦 Sad story…. Elsewise I LOVE Ellis park!! Not located in the best part of the city (scary at night!!….) But oh my word – the vibe is Awesome!!!! 😀 **

    May 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    • We got stranded there at night for at least 1.5hrs before our driver showed up… we got the full experience 🙂

      May 18, 2012 at 7:53 am

      • Wow…. Extreme!!! I would Never stay in there that long at night!!!! – at least not without some protection – !!! 🙂 Yikes…

        May 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

  4. Wonderful post! 🙂

    May 20, 2012 at 12:02 am