Moses Mabhida Stadium

Coordinates: 29°49′44″S 31°01′49″E / 29.829°S 31.0303°E / -29.829; 31.0303
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Moses Mabhida Stadium
Stone Arch To Freedom
The aerial view of the stadium
Full nameMoses Mabhida Stadium
Location44 Walter Gilbert Road, Stamford Hill, Durban, South Africa
Coordinates29°49′44″S 31°01′49″E / 29.829°S 31.0303°E / -29.829; 31.0303
OwnereThekwini (Durban Metropolitan UniCity)
Field sizeStadium: 320 m × 280 m × 45 m (1,050 ft × 919 ft × 148 ft), Arches: 100 m (330 ft)
Broke ground2006; 18 years ago (2006)
Opened28 November 2009; 14 years ago (2009-11-28)
Construction costR 3.4 billion
(US$450 million)
ArchitectGerkan, Marg and Partners Theunissen Jankowitz Durban, Ambro-Afrique Consultants, Osmond Lange Architects & Planners, NSM Designs[citation needed]
BuilderGroup5 WBHO A. Yudishtra and Philasande Project Managers
AmaZulu F.C. (2009–present)
Sharks (some matches)
South Africa national soccer team

The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a soccer stadium in Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, named after Moses Mabhida, a former general secretary of the South African Communist Party. A multi-use stadium, it became a venue for several events, like bungee jumping, concerts, cricket, soccer, golf practise, motorsports and rugby union.[1]

It was one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium has a capacity of 55,500 (expandable up to 75,000).[2] 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.[3]


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; 55,500 for local matches or up to 75,000 for events such as the Commonwealth 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.[4]


Stadium: 320m×280m×45m[5]


View of the arch from the bottom of the swing.

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.[6] 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.[7] 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 view


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.


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.[8]


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.[9]

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


Construction of the stadium was officially completed on 24 November 2009[10] and the first official match played there was between Amazulu and Maritzburg United on 29 November, with Maritzburg United winning 1–0.[11]

Major events[edit]

Stadium at sunset

In December 2015, the award-winning gospel ensemble Joyous Celebration recorded their first outdoor recording for Joyous Celebration 20 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

2019 #Gcwalisaimabhida Maksandi music festival

30 March 2019, Khuzani Indlamlenze Mpungose hosted #Gcwalisaimabhida Maskandi music festival, he is the first Maskandi artist to host a successful event in a sports venue like Moses Mabhida stadium, the venue was sold out. The music festival was sponsored by Isolezwe, Ukhozi FM, Ethekwini municipality.. To name a few.

2022 Commonwealth Games[edit]

The stadium had been scheduled to host the opening ceremony and athletics events of the 2022 Commonwealth Games,[12] which was awarded to Durban in 2015, however the Commonwealth Games Federation withdrew hosting rights in 2017 due to funding concerns.[13]

Tournament results[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 round game and a semi-final match.[14] During the World Cup, the stadium was referred to "Durban Stadium".

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

2013 African Cup of Nations[edit]

Moses Mabhida Stadium served as one of the venues for the 2013 African Cup of Nations. It hosted 4 group games, 1 quarter final and a semi final. The games were:

Date Team No. 1 Result Team No. 2 Round Attendance
23 January 2013  South Africa 2–0  Angola Group A 50,000
 Cape Verde 1–1  Morocco 25,000
27 January 2013  Morocco 2–2  South Africa 45,000
28 January 2013  DR Congo 1–1  Mali Group B 8,000
2 February 2013  South Africa 1–1 (a.e.t) (1–3 pen.) Quarter-final 45,000
6 February 2013  Mali 1–4  Nigeria Semi-final 54,000
Moses Mabhida Stadium during 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.


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



Moses Mabhida Stadium
Ground information
LocationDurban, South Africa
International information
Only T20I9 January 2011:
 South Africa v  India
As of 27 December 2016
Source: Cricinfo

A single T20I match has been hosted at Moses Mabhida Stadium.[15]

Team (A) Team (B) Winner Margin Year Attendance
 South Africa  India  India By 21 runs 2011 55,500

The stadium hosted a Twenty20 cricket match between South Africa and India on 9 January 2011.[16] 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[17] which was followed by a concert to celebrate South Africa-India ties.

Concerts and events[edit]

Event/Artist Tour Date
Top Gear Festival Top Gear Festival Durban 16–17 June 2012
Chris Brown Carpe Diem Tour 17 December 2012
Top Gear Festival Top Gear Festival Durban 15–16 June 2013
Nitro Circus Nitro Circus Live 19 February 2014
Top Gear Festival Top Gear Festival Durban 21–22 June 2014
Lionel Richie All The Hits All Night Long South African Tour 13 March 2016
Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint Tour 20 March 2016
Mariah Carey The Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour 29 April 2016
Nitro Circus Nitro Circus Live 25 October 2017
John Legend Darkness and Light Tour 7 November 2017
Cassper Nyovest Fill Up[18] 1 December 2018
Khuzani #Gcwalisaimabhida 30 March 2019
Monster Jam Monster Jam 6 May 2023


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