Moses Mabhida Stadium
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a football 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. It is a multi-use stadium. The stadium became a venue for several events, like bungee jumping, concerts, cricket, football, golf practice, motorsports and rugby union.
Stone Arch To Freedom
|Location||44 Walter Gilbert Road, Stamford Hill, Durban, South Africa|
|Owner||eThekwini (Durban Metropolitan UniCity)|
|Field size||Stadium: 320 m × 280 m × 45 m (1,050 ft × 919 ft × 148 ft), Arches: 100 m (330 ft)|
|Opened||28 November 2009|
|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|
|Builder||Group5 WBHO A. Yudishtra|
|AmaZulu F.C. (2009–present) |
South Africa national football team
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). 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.
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; 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.
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 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.
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.
|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.
In December 2015, the award-winning gospel ensamble Joyous Celebration recorded their first outdoor recording for Joyous Celebration 20 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The show included the alumni of the choir as well.
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 GamesEdit
The stadium had been scheduled to host the opening ceremony and athletics events of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which was awarded to Durban in 2015, however the Commonwealth Games Federation withdrew hosting rights in 2017 due to funding concerns.
2010 FIFA World CupEdit
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||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-final||60,960|
2013 African Cup of NationsEdit
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|
|23 January 2013||Cape Verde||1–1||Morocco||Group A||25,000|
|27 January 2013||Morocco||2–2||South Africa||Group A||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.)||Mali||Quarter-final||45,000|
|6 February 2013||Mali||1–4||Nigeria||Semi-final||54,000|
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 Knockout, the 2013 MTN 8, the 2013 Nedbank Cup and the 2014 Nedbank Cup.
|Location||Durban, South Africa|
|Only T20I||9 January 2011:|
South Africa v India
|As of 27 December 2016|
|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. 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.
Concerts and eventsEdit
|Top Gear Festival||Top Gear Festival Durban||16–17 June 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|
|Nitro Circus||Nitro Circus Live||25 October 2017|
|John Legend||Darkness and Light Tour||7 November 2017|
|Cassper Nyovest||Fill Up||1 December 2018|
|Khuzani||#Gcwalisaimabhida||30 March 2019|
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