Moses Mabhida Stadium
Club: Amazulu FC | Opening: 2009 | Capacity: 56,000 seats
History and description
Moses Mabhida Stadium was built to serve as a playing venue for the 2010 World Cup.
The stadium officially opened on the 29th of November 2009 with a match between Amazulu and Maritzburg United (0-1).
During the World Cup, Moses Mabhida Stadium hosted five first round group matches, the round of 16 match between the Netherlands and Slovakia (2-1), and the semi-final between Spain and Germany (1-0).
After the World Cup, capacity of the stadium was reduced from 70,000 (or 62,760 during the World Cup) to 56,000 by removing the third tier.
The stadium’s most characteristic feature is its Y-shaped 106-metres high arch, inspired by the South African flag, and which holds up the Teflon-coated glass fibre membrane roof.
Moses Mabhida Stadium is located toward the north of the city of Durban, almost at the coast of the Indian Ocean. It lies about 3 kilometres from Durban’s central business district and a little less from Durban’s central railway station.
The stadium is situated almost adjacent to the M4 motorway that runs along the coast. If coming from the north, leave the M4 at the Blue Lagoon turn off, turn right under the bridge, and shortly after left onto Masabalala Yengwa Avenue (NMR). Continue until you reach the stadium.
From the central business district, the stadium can be reached by following Masabalala Yengwa Avenue north.
If using public transport, the stadium can be reached with the Metrorail trains that run from Durban central railway station. Take a train on either the North Coast Line or KwaMashu Line. Get off at the next station Moses Mahbida. Trains run rather infrequently.
An alternative are the People Mover buses that run along the beaches. Take a bus on the Northern Line, which brings you to the Suncoast Casino, a 5 to 10-minute walk from the stadium.
Address: 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Rd, Durban 4001
Tickets are not always available at the stadium on the day of the match, and it is therefore advised to buy in advance.
Tickets typically go for a flat price of R$40.00 for all stands, though at times can be slightly higher for some stands at high-profile matches.
Amazulu play most of their matches at Moses Mabhida Stadium, but at times move to a smaller venue.
Moses Mabhida Stadium offers guided stadium tours that include the changing room, players tunnel, mixed zone, hospitality facilities, and the stadium’s art gallery.
There are two types of tours available: all access tours that last 90 minutes and shorter express tours. All access tours run Tuesday to Sunday at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. Express tours run on weekdays every hour between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm and on the weekends between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.
All access tours cost R$ 90.00, express tours R$30.00. For more information call +27 (0) 31 582 8222.
Other attractions include the SkyCar that runs up and down the arch, a big swing from the top of the arch over the pitch, and an adventure walk up the arch.
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