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Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban

2010-05-06 17:09
Where it is
King’s Park Sporting Precinct, central Durban

360 Degree view from the Pitch

Getting there by public transport:
The People Mover Bus & Inner City Distribution System will provide a safe, reliable and convenient mode of public transport to move people easily around the inner city and beachfront areas in air-conditioned comfort. These buses have also been equipped with disabled and pram access and CCTV cameras.

The attractive, brightly-coloured buses travel through the city every 15 minutes and are a popular, fun way to travel around the city or along the beachfront. One will also be able to get around Durban by metered and minibus taxis.

Driving directions and parking options:
The Durban city centre is relatively small. All key World Cup locations are within walking distance from each other, but should you want to explore further afield, renting a car is a good option. The roads in Durban are in excellent condition and well sign-posted.

For extensive travel details for World Cup and other visitors, click [here]

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Match Schedule

13 June - 20:30    Group D         Germany      v    Australia     

16 June - 16:00    Group H         Spain           v    Switzerland     

19 June - 13:30    Group E         Netherlands  v    Japan     

22 June - 20:30    Group B         Nigeria          v    Korea DPR    

25 June - 16:00    Group G         Portugal       v    Brazil     

28 June - 16:00    Round of 16            1E       v    2F     

07 July - 20:30     Semifinals                W59    v    W60   

Full World Cup Fixtures

About the Stadium
The newly-built Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will host one of the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The ground epitomises the architectural innovation on display in South Africa and takes its design inspiration from the South African flag, with its grand arch representing the unity of this sport-loving nation. The two legs of the arch on the southern side of the stadium come together to form a single footing on the northern side, symbolising the new unity of a once-divided country.

The 70,000-seater stadium has been specifically designed as a multi-purpose venue and an amphitheatre, complete with a cable car which ascends to a viewing platform at the top of the expansive 350m arch, a staggering 106m above the pitch. From this vantage point, visitors can experience spectacular panoramic views of the nearby shoreline and the city. The roof is attached to the arch by 95mm-diameter steel cables. Each seat of the stadium is spacious and comfortable, providing a clear line of sight to the pitch.

It is a world-class and multifunctional arena located in the heart of the Kings Park Sporting Precinct. The entire area will feature additional sporting arenas and facilities as well as restaurants, shops, play areas for children and a pedestrian walkway linking the stadium complex to the beach.

The stadium was built on the site of the old Kings Park Stadium. Moses Mabhida, the ground's namesake, was born in Thornville near Pietermaritzburg on 14 October 1923 into a poor family who were later forced off their land. In 1963, Mabhida was asked by Oliver Tambo, while working in Prague rallying support from the World Federation of Trade Unions, to come back to Africa to develop the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). He underwent military training and became the chief political instructor of new military recruits. He later served as the commander of MK.

Nearby attractions
uShaka Marine World
Beach boardwalk and promenade shops and cafes

Pubs, nightlife and restaurants in the area
There is a range of bars, cafes, restaurants and outside seating areas in the Stadium Precinct. For more great ideas on where to eat and socialise, click [here]

Accommodation in the area:

The archway sweeps 106m above the playing surface at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
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