This Moses Mabhida stadium was completed in late 2009. It’s located in the Kings Park Sporting Precinct in Durban which is situated in the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa. In late 2006 the old Kings Park Soccer stadium was demolished to make space for this stadium. The Moses Mabhida Stadium has a seating capacity of 70,000 and was designed to be a multi-purpose venue and amphitheatre. This stadium features a massive 350 m long free and 105 m high span arch which holds up the roof. The top of the arch rises to 106 m above the pitch. The arch consists of a 5 x 5 m steel hollow box which weighs 2,600 tons. Visitors can be carried from the North side to a viewing platform at the top of the arch by a funicular and enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the nearby city and ocean. There is also a 550 step adventure walk on the South side of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The stadium is named after a former commander and recruiter of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress). This Moses Mabhida Stadium is the new crown jewel of the Kings Park Sporting Precinct in the shadow of the ABSA Stadium (home of the local rugby team The Sharks.
The following matches are scheduled at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
- 13 June 2010 – Germany vs Australia – Kickoff at 20:30
- 16 June 2010 – Spain vs Switzerland – Kickoff at 16:00
- 19 June 2010 – The Netherlands vs Japan – Kickoff at 13:30
- 22 June 2010 – Nigeria vs South Korea – Kickoff at 20:30
- 25 June 2010 – Portugal vs Brazil – Kickoff at 16:00
- 28 June 2010 – Round of 16 knockout match – Kickoff at 16:00
- 7 July 2010 – 2nd Semi Final Match – Kickoff at 20:30
Read my previous post which covers the 2010 FIFA World Cup Match Schedule.