Friday, June 25, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
With its "arch of triumph", the Moses Mabhida Stadium is a defining landmark similar to Sydney's Opera House or The London Eye.
In addition to this internationally acclaimed engineering feat, the multi-disciplinary aspect of the stadium's design allows the stadium to host a wide range of sporting and cultural events, putting it on a par with other international venue' s such as the Stade du France and Wembley Stadium.
The Moses Mabhida Stadium has changed the way we view sporting venues in South Africa.
A stadium may be venerated as the scene of many an epic clash, but it need not be a monolith that only comes alive on "match day" - or when the members of the band plug in their guitars.
This Stadium with its facilities is not only a tourist attraction in its own right, but also the centrepiece of the King's Park Sporting Precinct, which will support a wide range of sporting, commercial, cultural, retail and leisure activities seven days a week, 365 days a year.
- Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium will have the capacity to hold 70, 000 spectators during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Its design allows the stadium seating to be reduced to 54,000 for local matches or up-scaled to 80,000 for events such as the Olympic Games.
- There are 150 corporate hospitality suites with 7,500 seats.
- The grand centre arch, 106m high, is not just a design feature. A cable car will take visitors up to its highest point, where they can get out and enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the city and ocean. http://fifaworldcup.durban.gov.za/Pages/stadium_skycar.aspx
- The 350m long free-span steel arch weighs 2600 tons - that's the equivalent of 2,600 average cars.
- The roof is made of 46,000m2 of Teflon®-coated glass fibre membranes, which will produce a translucent glow when the stadium is lit.
- The roof is attached to the arch by 95mm-diameter steel cables.
- Each seat of the all-seater stadium is spacious and comfortable, providing clear line-of-sight to the pitch.
- A roof cover will provide shelter to 80% of the stadium in the case of rain.
Friday, June 11, 2010
The small township of Soweto was rocked by some of the biggest names in the music industry, like Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys, in a concert to kick-off the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The stars performed on the eve of Africa's first World Cup at in a jam-packed Orlando stadium
Shakira, wearing an animal print, waka waka-ed the anthem and dance of the World Cup.
Dressed in a zebra print leotard and an ostrich plume skirt, the diva from Barranquilla gave a sizzling performance of She Wolf followed by famous Hips don't lie, which made the crowd dance to her tune.
Tens of thousands of people braved temperatures below 10 degrees in Johannesburg, where K'naan stole the show with his football anthem Wavin' Flag.
Long after he left the stage, the crowd was still chanting "Oh, oh, oh."
President Jacob Zuma told the 34,000 capacity crowd, "South Africa is rocking, South Africa is cool."
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Nopi wants to know what is a makarapa??????
The sport fan Makarapa are hand-cut and hand painted hard hats.