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Moses Mabhida Stadium
Moses Mabhida World Cup Stadium.jpg
Location Durban, South Africa
Broke ground 2006
Opened November 28, 2009
Owner South African Football Association
Surface Grass
Construction cost R3.4 billion ($450 million)
Architect Gerkan, Marg and Partners
Capacity 70,000 during World Cup, 54,000 afterwards (may be expanded to 80,000 for large scale events)
Field dimensions Stadium: 320m x 280m x 45m, Arches: 100m

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 intended to be a world-class multi-use stadium.

It will be one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium has a planned capacity of 70,000 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 an adjoining indoor arena, football museum, sports institute, and a transmodal transport station.


Stadium specifics

Moses Mabhida Stadium under construction in April 2008.
Moses Mabhida Stadium under construction seven months later, in November 2008.
Moses Mabhida Stadium under construction in January 2009.

This newly built stadium is being constructed on the grounds of the Kings Park Soccer Stadium, in the Durban sports precinct. The stadium will have the capacity to hold 70,000 spectators during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Its design allows the stadium seating to be reduced to 54,000 for local matches or up-scaled 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 x 280m x 45m[citation needed]


Somwhat reminiscent of the famous Wembley Stadium arch, a 350m long free and 105m high span arch will hold up the roof of the stadium, the top of the arch will rise to 106 m above the pitch. The arch will consist of a 5 x 5 m steel hollow box and will weigh 2 600 tons when complete. A funicular (not a cable car in the strict sense of the meaning of the word) will carry visitors from the north side of the stadium to a viewing platform at the top of the arch where they can get out and enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the city and ocean. The south side will have a 550-step adventure walk. [1] On 24th February 2010 the worlds 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 meter arc over the pitch.


Moses Mabhida Stadium roof will consist of a 46,000 square metres, Teflon-coated, glass-fibre membrane which will produce a translucent glow when the stadium is lit. These are attached to the arch by 17000m[citation needed] of 95mm diameter steel cables. The roof covers 88% of the seats.


Around the perimeter, 1750 columns and 216 raking beams provides the main support. Around the field, 900 m of retaining walls stretches 8 m high. A total of 1780 pre-cast concrete seating panels creates the bowl form. There will be over 80000 square metres of floor space within the stadium structure.[citation needed].


Over 100 columns will surround the stadium. The height of the columns varies around the stadium, but the highest will be 46 m. In total 15 000 m² of facade will surround the stadium. A total of 550 Aluminum fins will fit between the main columns. Perforated metal sheeting will be placed between the aluminum fins, where required.[citation needed]

Construction progress

Interior of stadium.
Date Phase Description Status
2006-07-08 1 Destruction of existing stadium, southern pavilion. Completed
2006-07-12 2 Destruction of existing stadium, northern pavilion. Completed
2006-07-23 3 Destruction 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 the 24th of November 2009 [2] and the first official match played there was between Amazulu and Maritzburg United on the 29th of November, with Maritzburg United winning 1-0 [3].

2010 FIFA World Cup

The stadium is one of the venues for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and will host five group games, one second round game and a semi-final match [4]:

2010 World Cup Schedule

Date Time (UTC+2) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
2010-06-13 20:30 Germany Germany vs Australia Australia Group D
2010-06-16 16:00 Spain Spain vs Switzerland Switzerland Group H
2010-06-19 13:30 Netherlands Netherlands vs Japan Japan Group E
2010-06-22 20:30 Nigeria Nigeria vs South Korea Korea Republic Group B
2010-06-25 16:00 Brazil Brazil vs Portugal Portugal Group G
2010-06-28 16:00 Winner Group E vs Runners-up Group F Round of 16
2010-07-07 20:30 Winners of Match 59 vs Winners of Match 60 Semi-finals

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Coordinates: 29°49′46″S 31°01′49″E / 29.82944°S 31.03028°E / -29.82944; 31.03028

Simple English

Moses Mabhida Stadium
Durban Stadium
File:Moses Mabhida Durban
Location Durban, South Africa
Coordinates 29°49′46″S 31°01′49″E / 29.82944°S 31.03028°E / -29.82944; 31.03028Coordinates: 29°49′46″S 31°01′49″E / 29.82944°S 31.03028°E / -29.82944; 31.03028
Built 2009
Capacity 62,760

Moses Mabhida Stadium is a sports stadium in Durban, South Africa. It was built in 2009.

FIFA World Cup

The stadium will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Is one of the 10 stadiums where World Cup games will be played. FIFA calls this stadium Durban Stadium

2010 World Cup Matches

All times are given in South African Standard time (UTC+2).

DateTimeGroupTeam #1Team #2
Sunday, 13 June20:30Group DGermanyAustralia
Wednesday, 15 June16:00Group HSpainSwitzerland
Saturday, 19 June13:30Group ENetherlandsJapan
Tuesday, 22 June20:30Group BNigeriaKorea Republic
Friday, 25 June16:00Group GPortugalBrazil
Monday, 28 June16:00Round of 161E2F
Wednesday, 7 July20:30Semi-finalsW59W60

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