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Employing the latest architectural trends to design the curved lines, natural ventilation, large columns and the standout feature called the Arch of Triumph, the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban was built prior to South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup at a cost of R1.6 billion. It’s a multi-use stadium capable of running practically any event in this 56000-seat venue. If necessary, seating can be scaled up to hold 85000 visitors. During construction, the surrounding area was upgraded to create open spaces where safe walking and bicycling is possible.
The stadium is open all week for the public to enjoy the many offerings, the most popular being the Skycar, a trip up the arch to reach a viewing platform 106m above ground. The sea and city views from the platform are simply spectacular. For the energetic, there are stairs up to the platform.
Adrenalin seekers can attempt the Big Rush Big Swing, the highest swing in the world that travels across the length of the field.
Stadium tours are offered for those wanting to find out more about this state-of-the-art facility and if walking is not your thing or you are in a hurry, opt for a Segway gliding tour to get the condensed version.
The stadium has a few restaurants and coffee shops to relax at after revelling in the activities.
Moses Mabhida Stadium is the home ground of Amazulu Football Club, Durban’s professional league outfit. Check the papers for the football schedules to watch a game.
On the first Saturday of each month, the I Heart Market is held at the stadium and is hot with the locals wanting artisanal breads, farm-fresh produce, good eats and a bargain for the home.
The stadium is close to Durban’s famed Golden Mile of warm swimming beaches and within easy access to the airport and the city’s hotel precinct.