Posts Tagged ‘World Cup’

View from New Durban Stadium

December 30, 2009

It was a bit of a gloomy day when we went to visit the new Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban shortly after it was officially opened, but we still got some great views from the top of the 106m high arch (taller than the Statue of Liberty!).

The ‘Sky Car’ can accommodate 25 people as it travels up the northern leg of the arch to the observation platform at the top.  For the more adventurous there is the option of walking up the southern legs of the arch (550 steps, though).

Other activities at the stadium precinct include tours of the stadium (including the presidential suite, changing rooms, etc), and a soon-to-be-opened bungee jump from the top of the arch.

Although the stadium has been officially opened and has hosted several Premier Soccer League games (the latest being between Kaizer Chiefs and Sundowns), fitting out of the shops, restaurants and bars around the precinct is still in progress, as are the tree-lined avenues that provide access the the beach and the CBD.

Moses Mabhida Stadium 12-12-2009 04-53-20 PM

Moses Mabhida Stadium 12-12-2009 04-53-20 PM

Moses Mabhida Stadium 12-12-2009 04-51-55 PM

Moses Mabhida Stadium 12-12-2009 04-51-55 PM

Moses Mabhida Stadium 12-12-2009 05-00-49 PM

Moses Mabhida Stadium 12-12-2009 05-00-49 PM

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More Details on the new Durban Stadium

September 23, 2007

There was a good aerial photo of the construction progress at the Moses Mabhida stadium in the Durban Metro magazine a couple of weeks ago.  This was taken some time in late July/early August 2007 (photo by Peter Bendheim):

Durban Stadium - August 2007

 Here is some additional information on the facilities at the new Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban (this is from the Durban city website):

The Moses Mabhida stadium incorporates an impressive range of facilities and features, including:

  • Flexible seating capacity will provide 54 000 permanent seats but will allow for an additional 31 000 temporary seats to be added, for a maximum capacity of 85 000. For the World Cup, the stadium will seat 70 000.
  • The stadium bowl design provides for a multi-purpose facility that can cater for international football, rugby, athletics and concert events.
  • A 100m high arch which will possibly include a cable car and action walk.
  • A raised stadium podium will allow for easy, safe access to the site.
  • Pedestrians and vehicles will be kept totally separate.
  • Parking (1 000 bays) will be provided under the raised podium for operational requirements and VIPs.