Moses Mabhida Stadium

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Moses Mabhida Stadium
FIFA World Cup 2010 Netherlands Japan.jpg
Former names Durban Stadium (During the 2010 FIFA World Cup)
Location Masabalala Yengwa Ave, Stamford Hill, Durban, South Africa
Coordinates 29°49′44″S 31°01′49″E / 29.829°S 31.0303°E / -29.829; 31.0303Coordinates: 29°49′44″S 31°01′49″E / 29.829°S 31.0303°E / -29.829; 31.0303
Broke ground 2006
Opened 28 November 2009
Owner eThekwini (Durban Metropolitan UniCity)
Surface Grass
Construction cost R 3.4 billion
(US$ 450 million)
Architect Gerkan, Marg and Partners Theunissen Jankowitz Durban, Ambro-Afrique Consultants, Osmond Lange Architects & Planners, NSM Designs, Mthulisi Msimang
Capacity 54,000
69,000 Cricket[1]
Field size Stadium: 320m x 280m x 45m, Arches: 100m
Tenants
AmaZulu
South Africa national cricket team [1]

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[2] 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.[citation needed]

Stadium specifics[edit]

Moses Mabhida Stadium under construction in April 2008.
Moses Mabhida Stadium under construction seven months later, in November 2008.

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[2] 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[citation needed]. It has two permanent tiers of seating, a temporary third one has been added for the World Cup.

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

Dimensions[edit]

Stadium: 320m×280m×45m[citation needed]

Arch[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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[edit]

Moses Mabhida Stadium roof consists of a 46,000 m2 (500,000 sq ft), Teflon-coated, glass-fibre membrane which will 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[edit]

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 will be over 80,000 square metres (860,000 sq ft) of floor space within the stadium structure.[citation needed].

Façade[edit]

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 will surround the stadium. A total of 550 aluminium fins will fit between the main columns. Perforated metal sheeting will be placed between the aluminium fins, where required.[citation needed]

Construction progress[edit]

Date Phase Description Status
2006-07-08 1 Demolition of existing stadium, southern pavilion. Completed
2006-07-12 2 Demolition of existing stadium, northern pavilion. Completed
2006-07-23 3 Demolition of existing stadium, main pavilion. Completed
2007-04-01 4 Construction begins. Completed
2008-03-20 5 Arch construction begins. Completed
2009-01-13 5 Arch construction complete. Completed
2009-01-01 6 Aluminum façade construction begins. Completed
2009-08-01 7 Roof cable and membrane works begins. Completed
2009-11-24 Official completion. Completed

Completion[edit]

Construction of the stadium was officially completed on 24 November 2009[5] and the first official match played there was between Amazulu and Maritzburg United on 29 November, with Maritzburg United winning 1–0.[6]

Major tournaments[edit]

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

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.[7] During the World Cup, the stadium was referred to as "Durban Stadium."

Date Time (UTC+2) Team No. 1 Res. Team No. 2 Round Attendance
2010-06-13 20:30 Germany Germany 4–0 Australia Australia Group D 62,660
2010-06-16 16:00 Spain Spain 0–1 Switzerland Switzerland Group H 62,453
2010-06-19 13:30 Netherlands Netherlands 1–0 Japan Japan Group E 62,010
2010-06-22 20:30 Nigeria Nigeria 2–2 South Korea Korea Republic Group B 61,874
2010-06-25 16:00 Brazil Brazil 0–0 Portugal Portugal Group G 62,712
2010-06-28 16:00 Netherlands Netherlands 2–1 Slovakia Slovakia Round of 16 61,962
2010-07-07 20:30 Germany Germany 0–1 Spain Spain Semi-final 60,960

2013 African Cup of Nations[edit]

Moses Mabhiba 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:

Date Team No. 1 Res. Team No. 2 Round Attendance
2013-01-23  South Africa 2–0  Angola Group A 50,000
2013-01-23  Cape Verde 1–1  Morocco Group A 25,000
2013-01-27  South Africa 2–2  Morocco Group A 45,000
2013-01-28  DR Congo 1–1  Mali Group B 8,000
2013-02-02  South Africa 1–1 (1–3 pen.)  Mali Quarter Final 45,000
2013-02-06  Mali 1–4  Nigeria Semi Final 54,000
Moses Mabhida Stadium during 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Local football[edit]

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[edit]

The stadium hosted a Twenty20 cricket match between South Africa and India on 9 January 2011.[8] 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[9] which was followed by a concert to celebrate South Africa-India ties (see below).

Other Events[edit]

Concerts[edit]

A live music concert was held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians to South Africa following the T20 cricket match held on 9 January 2011. Some of the Bollywood stars included Sharukh Khan & Anil Kapoor.

Neil Diamond performed in Durban at the Moses Mabhida Stadium as part of his first ever tour across South Africa on 5 April 2011.

The American singer Chris Brown performed at the stadium on December 17, 2012 during his Carpe Diem Tour. It was his first concert in the city.

3 Time Grammy Awards winner R Kelly performed a concert at the stadium as part of his Single Ladies Tour on the 1st of February 2013.

The MTV Africa All Stars featuring Snoop Lion took place at the stadium on 18 May 2013.

International Gospel Concert Blestival featuring Grammy Awards winner Kirk Franklin came to Durban to perform at the stadium on the 7th of December 2013.

Live Action Events[edit]

Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live show took place at the stadium on the 19th of February 2014.

Top Gear Festival[edit]

Moses Mabhida stadium hosted the 2012 and 2013 Top Gear Festival live stadium shows.[10][11] The stadium also hosted the 2014 edition of the Top Gear Festival on 21 and 22 June.[12]

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