Moses Mabhida Stadium: for sport and for pleasure
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is Durban’s exciting, brand new sporting facility: a 70000 seater stadium built for both the FIFA Soccer World Cup and as a multi-purpose sports stadium and entertainment venue. The stadium was designed to be a landmark akin to the Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Opera House. That vision has certainly been fulfilled, with the beautiful new Moses Mabhida Stadium having changed the Durban skyline for good.
Location of the stadium
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is near to the centre of Durban, close to the Durban Country Club and the Kings Park sports grounds. It’s easy to find and quick to get to depending where you are in the city. If traffic is light, you can get from the beachfront to the stadium in five minutes by car. Central Durban is ten minutes away and the luxury 5 star Auberge Hollandaise Guest House in Durban North is only 15 minutes by car.
A multi-purpose stadium
The purpose of Moses Mabhida Stadium is threefold.
It is designed to be:
- A recognised landmark
- An exceptional sports facility with superb amenities
- A sustainable entertainment and multi-use sports venue
Although inspired into being by South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, the stadium was constructed for much more. It seats 70000 people and can be used for a variety of sporting and cultural events. The stadium has natural ventilation and wide, flip-up seats for comfort. It’s also an architectural gem and won a number of awards before construction was even completed. The stadium’s amenities are state-of-the-art and its placement makes it the outstanding feature of the King’s Park Sporting Precinct: an area offering a multitude of sporting opportunities.
Kings Park Sporting Precinct
The Kings Park Sporting Precinct includes:
- ABSA Stadium, Kings Park: rugby, concerts and events
- Kings Park fields: rugby, athletics, events
- Collegians Athletics Stadium: athletics
- Moses Mabhida Stadium: soccer, various sports, tourist attraction
- Kings Park Aquatic Centre: swimming, diving, synchronised swimming
- Cyril Geohegan Velodrome: cycling
- Battery beaches 1 and 2, Oasis Beach and Country Club Beach: ocean sports
- Blue Lagoon: canoeing
- Stables Archery Range: archery
- Golf Courses: Windsor Park Mashie, Durban Country Club
The stadium offers a host of opportunities for visitors to enjoy.
- People’s Park: a green space to the south of the stadium with trees, lawns and picnic places.
- Hero’s Walk: a walk celebrating remarkable South Africans
- Moses Mabhida Square: lawns, indigenous trees and water features
- Restaurant: great family food in a relaxed open-air setting
- Training fields with changing rooms and ablution facilities
- A 1km track for walking, running and cycling
Imbizo Place is an area at the northern end of the stadium with shops, restaurants and an outdoor amphitheatre.
Take a hike: climb the southern end of the “Arch of triumph” from the bottom to the top and down again. This 550 step walk is done in a safety harness and is monitored by qualified instructors.
Big Rush Big Swing
Throw caution to the wind and swing the only stadium swing in the world. “Fly” through the air in an enormous 220m arc under the stadium’s impressive arch.
Take a ride in the Skycar up to the top of the stadium’s arch and enjoy 360 degree views of Durban.
Durban’s new World Cup venue is an engineering feat and a sight to behold. A visit to Moses Mabhida Stadium is definitely on any tourist (or local’s) list of things to do!
Auberge Hollandaise Guest House is the perfect luxury accommodation located only 15 minutes from the Moses Mabhida Stadium. You will be treated like royalty, making your stay a memorable one.