Posted on April 06, 2012 05:00
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 a multi-use stadium and home to AmaZulu Football Club.
It was one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium has a capacity of 62,760 during the World Cup and 54,000 afterwards. The stadium includes an adjoining indoor arena, football museum, sports institute, and a Tran’s modal transport station.
The 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; 54,000 for local match or up to 80,000 for bigger matches/events including 150 corporate hospitality suites with 7,500 seats.
Mabhida 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. It already has a beautiful history behind it and another attraction is the somewhat reminiscent of the famous Wembley Stadium arch, a 350-metre long free and 105-metre high span arch holds up the roof of the stadium, the top of the arch rises to 106 metres 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 x 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.
This is indeed one of the world class stadiums in South Africa and when you get the chance make sure you get yourself an AmaZulu ticket to come see the team perform in this majestic spectacle. The next home game for Usuthu will be on the 18 April 2012 against Lamontville Golden Arrows, make sure you are there.