Built on the grounds of the old Kings Park Soccer Stadium in Stamford Hill, the Moses Mabhida Stadium sports a strikingly clean and elegant design, punctuated by its iconic arch that is representative of a once divided nation finally coming together.
Known affectionately as the hand basket stadium, the Moses Mabhida stadium has a variable seating design, that allows it to change spectator capacity to match event demand. This is achieved through the use of two permanent tiers of seating, with the ability to add temporary tiers if required.
The stadium roof consists of Teflon-coated, glass-fibre membrane which produce a translucent glow when the stadium is lit. These are attached to the arch by thick steel cables, with the ‘roof’ covering around 88% of the seats.
The stadium is primarily a sports stadium, having played host to games for both the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2013 African Cup of Nations football tournaments. Outside of the local AmaZulu football games, the stadium also hosts the odd T20 international cricket game, and has even been utilized as a venue for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Top Gear Festival live stadium shows.
It now eagerly awaits 2022, as Durban was awarded the rights to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which no doubt will add yet another feather in this beautiful stadium’s cap.
The stadium also caters for tourism, offering guided stadium tours, the SkyCar – a funicular that travels up the arch, the People’s Park public space, Segway Gliding Tours, the Sky Walk, which is essentially a walk along the arch, and for those seeking a bit more adrenaline, the Big Rush Big Swing which allows you to swing off the arch itself! (The Big Swing is in fact the world’s only stadium swing, and also happens to be the largest swing of any kind anywhere!)
The Moses Mabhida Stadium has already won a number of awards for its design and innovation, and continues to be one of South Africa’s most beautiful stadiums.
A handy map for if you want to seek out this stadium yourself: