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.