Moses Mabhida Stadium
|Moses Mabhida Stadium|
|Former names||Durban Stadium (During the 2010 FIFA World Cup)|
|Location||Masabalala Yengwa Ave, Stamford Hill, Durban, South Africa|
|Opened||28 November 2009|
|Owner||eThekwini (Durban Metropolitan UniCity)|
|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||62,760 FIFA World Cup
|Field dimensions||Stadium: 320m x 280m x 45m, Arches: 100m|
South Africa national cricket team 
It was one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium has a capacity of 62,760 during the World Cup and 54,000 afterwards. 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 has been added for the World Cup.
There are 150 corporate hospitality suites with 7,500 seats.
Stadium: 320m×280m×45m
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.
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.
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..
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.
Construction progress 
|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|
|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|
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 tournaments 
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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."
|Date||Time (UTC+2)||Team No. 1||Res.||Team No. 2||Round||Attendance|
|2010-06-22||20:30||Nigeria||2–2||Korea Republic||Group B||61,874|
|2010-06-28||16:00||Netherlands||2–1||Slovakia||Round of 16||61,962|
2013 African Cup of Nations 
Moses Mabhiba Stadium will serve as one of the venues for the tournament. It will host the 4 group games, 1 quarter final and a semi final. The games are:
|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||0–0||Morocco||Group A||25,000|
|2013-01-27||South Africa||2–2||Morocco||Group A||45,000|
|2013-01-28||Congo DR||1–1||Mali||Group B||8,000|
|2013-02-02||South Africa||1–1 (1–3 pen.)||Mali||Quarter Final||45,000|
Local football 
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 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). It may open up a new opportunity for the stadium to further host cricket matches in the future.
A live musical 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.
The 2012 Top Gear Festival held in Durban included stadium shows at Moses Mabhida Stadium and other motoring events in the surrounding areas from 16–17 June.
- FIFA.com – Durban Stadium
- FIFA (2010). "Durban Stadium – Durban". Archived from the original on 27 April 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "Moses Mabhida Stadium". Retrieved 18 June 2010.[dead link]
- A defining moment for Durban
- Maritzburg win with ten men
- "2010 Fifa World Cup SA Fixtures". Supersport.com. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
- ICC website
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- City World Cup Site
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- Kirigami model of Durban stadium