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The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a stadium in Durban, South Africa, named after Moses Mabhida, a former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party. It is a multi-use stadium.

It was one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium had a capacity of 62,760 during the World Cup and currently has a capacity of 54,000. The stadium is adjacent to the Kings Park Stadium, in the Kings Park Sporting Precinct, and the Durban street circuit used for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

It includes a sports institute, and a transmodal transport station.

Stadium specifics

This newly built stadium is located on the grounds of the Kings Park Soccer Stadium, in the Durban sports precinct in the suburb of Stamford Hill. The stadium had the capacity to hold 62,760 spectators during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Its design allows the stadium seating to be adjusted; 54,000 for local matches or up to 80,000 for events such as the Olympic Games. It has two permanent tiers of seating, a temporary third one was added for the World Cup.

There are 120 corporate hospitality suites with 7,500 seats.

Dimensions

Stadium: 320m×280m×45m

Arch

Somewhat reminiscent of the famous Wembley Stadium arch, a 350-metre (1,148 ft) long free and 105-metre (344 ft) high span arch holds up the roof of the stadium, the top of the arch rises to 106 metres (348 ft) above the pitch. The arch also represents the once divided nation coming together, inspired by the South African Flag. The arch consists of a 5×5m steel hollow box and weighs 2,600 tonnes. A funicular carries visitors from the north side of the stadium to a viewing platform at the top of the arch, offering a view over city and ocean. The south side features a 550-step adventure walk. On 24 February 2010 the world's largest swing opened at the stadium. The swing allows clients to jump off the 4th ladder rung and fall toward the pitch before being swung out in a 220-metre (720 ft) arc over the pitch.

Roof

Moses Mabhida Stadium roof consists of a 46,000 m2 (500,000 sq ft), Teflon-coated, glass-fibre membrane which produce a translucent glow when the stadium is lit. These are attached to the arch by 95mm diameter steel cables. The roof covers 88% of the seats.

Bowl

Around the perimeter, 1,750 columns and 216 raking beams provides the main support. Around the field, 900m of retaining walls stretches 8m high. A total of 1,780 pre-cast concrete seating panels creates the bowl form. There are over 80,000 square metres (860,000 sq ft) of floor space within the stadium structure..

Façade

Over 100 columns surround the stadium. The height of the columns varies around the stadium, but the highest is 46m. In total 15,000 square metres (160,000 sq ft) of façade surround the stadium. A total of 550 aluminium fins fit between the main columns. Perforated metal sheeting was placed between the aluminium fins, where required.

Construction progress

Completion

Construction of the stadium was officially completed on 24 November 2009 and the first official match played there was between Amazulu and Maritzburg United on 29 November, with Maritzburg United winning 1–0.

Major Events

The Commonwealth Games 2022

Durban was awarded the rights to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games on September 2, 2015 at the General Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand. The Event is due to begin on 18 July 2022 the birthday of late former president Nelson Mandela.

2010 FIFA World Cup

The stadium was one of the venues for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and hosted five group games, one second round game and a semi-final match. During the World Cup, the stadium was referred to as "Durban Stadium".

2013 African Cup of Nations

Moses Mabhida Stadium served as one of the venues for the tournament. It hosted 4 group games, 1 quarter final and a semi final. The games were:

Cricket

List of T20I matches hosted at Moses Mabhida Stadium .

Local football

The stadium is the current home ground of Premier Soccer League team, AmaZulu. It has hosted various finals such as the 2010 MTN 8, the 2012 Telkom Knock Out, the 2013 MTN 8, the 2013 Nedbank Cup and the 2014 Nedbank Cup.

Cricket

The stadium hosted a Twenty20 cricket match between South Africa and India on 9 January 2011. The match was played for the Krish Mackerdhuj Trophy, which India won by 21 runs. The stadium witnessed the biggest ever crowd for a cricket match on the African continent which was followed by a concert to celebrate South Africa-India ties (see below).

Other Events

Top Gear Festival

Moses Mabhida stadium hosted the 2012 and 2013 Top Gear Festival live stadium shows. The stadium also hosted the 2014 edition of the Top Gear Festival on 21 and 22 June.




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