FIFA WM 2010
17. April 2009
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on Track
Named after a hero of the working class; the Durban Kwazulu Natal Moses Mabhida Stadium located adjacent the ABSA Stadium in the Kings Park Sporting Precinct - a site located in Stamford Hill, is yet to be another world class multi-purpose stadium set to make possible successful history in the making of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
To make way for this prestigious contribution Kings Park Stadium was demolished in the late 2006 to develop a new a stadium complex set to comprise of an adjoining indoor arena, sporting museum, sport institute and a new transmodal transportation station in preparations ahead of the world showpiece.
- 70 000 spectator seats
- Demountable seating will be removed to reduce the capacity to 54 000 post 2010 in legacy mode.
- 50 percent of the seats will be accessible from the main entrance while a 150 suites with housing ability totaling 7 500 set to cover a range of hospitality options.
- There are plans and allocations to increase the capacity of the stadium to 84 000 seats in the future to further accommodate major events such as Olympics.
For the provision and successful accomplishment of this development, the allocated budget amounts to R1, 83-billion.
- Planning of the development started:
- Internally in January 2006
- The demolition of Kings Park started June/July 2006
- Piling in November 2006
- Principal Building Constructor started with the site in January 2007
The date for completion is end of October 2009 and is very well on schedule.
The stadium is owned by the South African Football Association and put to house and cater for a variety of sporting activities such as rugby, cricket and athletics; the stadium is not only planned not be a white elephant, but is also set to be a flexibly operating facility since it will operate seven days a week and 365 days a year unlike other stadiums post 2010 Fifa World Cup.