The Moses Mabhida Stadium in the eThekwini Metro (encompassing Durban) was built for the Soccer World Cup and initially named the “King Senzangakhona Stadium”, after the Zulu King Shaka’s (a famed Zulu chief in the 19th century) father, King Senzangakhona.
- It is estimated that the building of the stadium created upwards of 13,000 jobs.
- The Moses Mabhida stadium is situated in Durban next to the existing 40,000-seat ABSA Stadium (home of the rugby Sharks). The stadium sits where the old King’s Park Soccer Stadium was, fronting on to Walter Gilbert Road.
- A 100m high arch was built stretching across the stadium’s entire length (350m long). This arch is accessible via a funical or a 550 step hike.
- The stadium covers 320m x 280m and is 45m in height.
- It was initially estimated that the rebuilding of the stadium would cost R1.6bn, but other costs such as the demolition of the old King’s Park Stadium where the 70 000- seater stadium will be built pushed the cost to R1.893 billion.
- The stadium seats about 70 000 spectators.
By Lizelle Visagie