Free State Stadium is also known as “Toyota Stadium” due to sponsorship reasons.
Free State Stadium is one of the six much-publicized sports venues of South Africa that predominantly hosts Rugby Union events. The venue also hosts football matches. Initially, the stadium was known as "Vodacom Park". The stadium was officially opened in 1995 and is managed by Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality. Free State Stadium is also known for having “Central Cheetahs” as their tenants that represent it in international Super Rugby competition.
Free State Stadium was also chosen as one of the venues for hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009.
In this stadium the tenant, Free State Cheetahs won the Currie Cups thrice consecutively for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007.
It also played host to the FIFA World Cup in the year 2010.
This stadium has also hosted the African Cup of Nations in the year 1996 where six group matches and a quarter-final match were played.
Free State Stadium is the 15th largest stadium in the South Africa regarding capacity (40,911).
The stadium witnessed the Rugby World Cup in 1995, the event for which it was built.