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13 junho, 2010

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban | South Africa 2010 Fifa World Cup

The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a stadium in Durban, South Africa, named after Moses Mabhida, a former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party. It is intended to be a world-class multi-use stadium.

It is one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium has a planned capacity of 70,000 during the World Cup and 54,000 afterwards. The stadium is adjacent to the Kings Park Stadium, in the Kings Park Sporting Precinct, and the Durban street circuit used for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

It includes an adjoining indoor arena, football museum, sports institute, and a transmodal transport station.

O Moses Mabhida Stadium é um estádio em Durban, África do Sul, em homenagem a Moisés Mabhida, ex-secretário-geral do Partido Comunista Sul Africano. Destina-se a ser um mundo de classe estádio multi-uso.

É um dos estádios de acolhimento para a Copa do Mundo de 2010. O estádio tem uma capacidade prevista de 70.000 durante a Copa do Mundo e 54 mil depois. O estádio fica ao lado do Kings Park Stadium, no Kings Park Sporting Delegacia, e no circuito de rua de Durban utilizados para o A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

Ele inclui uma arena indoor adjacente, o museu do futebol, Instituto do Desporto, e uma estação de transporte.

Stadium specifics
Moses Mabhida Stadium under construction in April 2008.
Moses Mabhida Stadium under construction seven months later, in November 2008.
Moses Mabhida Stadium under construction in January 2009.

This newly built stadium is on the grounds of the Kings Park Soccer Stadium, in the Durban sports precinct. The 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. It has two permanent tiers of seating, a temporary third one has been added for the World Cup.

There are 150 corporate hospitality suites with 7,500 seats.


Stadium: 320m x 280m x 45m


Somewhat reminiscent of the famous Wembley Stadium arch, a 350m long free and 105m high span arch holds up the roof of the stadium, the top of the arch rises to 106m above the pitch. The arch also represents the once divided nation coming together, inspired by the South African Flag[citation needed]. The arch consists of a 5 x 5m steel hollow box and weighs 2,600 tons. A funicular carries visitors from the north side of the stadium to a viewing platform at the top of the arch, offering a view over city and ocean. The south side features a 550-step adventure walk.[1] On 24 February 2010 the world's largest swing opened at the stadium. The swing allows clients to jump off the 4th ladder rung and fall toward the pitch before being swung out in a 220m arc over the pitch.


Moses Mabhida Stadium roof consists of a 46,000 square metres, Teflon-coated, glass-fibre membrane which will produce a translucent glow when the stadium is lit. These are attached to the arch by 17,000m of 95mm diameter steel cables. The roof covers 88% of the seats.


Around the perimeter, 1,750 columns and 216 raking beams provides the main support. Around the field, 900m of retaining walls stretches 8m high. A total of 1,780 pre-cast concrete seating panels creates the bowl form. There will be over 80,000 square metres of floor space within the stadium structure.


Over 100 columns surround the stadium. The height of the columns varies around the stadium, but the highest is 46m. In total 15,000m² of façade will surround the stadium. A total of 550 aluminum fins will fit between the main columns. Perforated metal sheeting will be placed between the aluminum fins, where required.

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