The term “sporting cathedral” fits Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium to a tee. Its classic design, which integrates designs of the national flag, makes it one of the country’s most beloved sports stadiums. The main feature of the stadium is its majestic arch, which is 350m long and 106m high. The two legs of the one side of the arch join on the other side of the stadium, signifying a once divided country that is now unified.
The stadium was named after a giant of a man, the legendary Moses Mbheko Mncane Mabhida, who was one of those who helped forge and maintain the powerful United Front that eventually saw the creation of a democratic South Africa.
The 70,000-seater stadium was built just before the 2010 FIFA World Cup and hosted 7 matches during this event, including the suspenseful semi-final between Spain and Germany. The sporting excitement doesn’t end there though: in January 2011, the stadium hosted a T20 cricket match between South Africa and India, which was attended by an estimated 54 000 people.
The action doesn’t stop there either. Even when there aren’t any sporting events on the go at the stadium, there are a host of activities to take advantage of.
Moses Mabhida Stadium takes off-season entertainment to new heights with a range of exciting activities to enjoy. Here you can take a two-minute SkyCar ride up the stadium arch, or try the Adventure Walk for a bit of a workout before you step onto the platform to take in unparalleled 360-degree views of beautiful Durban and beyond.
The SkyCar gives you a chance to discover the finest vistas of Durban from a 106m high vantage point. Looking in one direction, you can take in views of the blissfully blue Indian Ocean as far as the eye can see, while an about-face enables you to see right into the heart of the city.
This SkyCar is a single cabin that runs up steel tracks on the northern side of the stadium arch. For the best scenery in Durban, there is no better way to go.
If you opt for the Adventure Walk, you will make your way up the 500 steps, which is about a 20-minute climb to the top. All adventure walkers are issued with safety equipment and proceed under the watchful eye of qualified instructors.
Seventy metres up, you will come across the Big Swing platform. Here, adrenaline junkies can take a leap of faith and free fall 70 metres into the stadium bowl with the Big Rush Big Swing. This swing was officially named the world’s tallest swing by the Guinness Book of records in 14 May 2011. This is certainly not your average swing and allows you to take an exhilarating at plunge out into the stadium before swinging in a massive arch and coming to rest in the centre.
For a more relaxed day, you can experience a stadium tour. Explore the state-of-the-art change rooms where sporting legends hang out during matches, and walk through the tunnels they have walked through. Step onto the magnificent pitch and imagine thousands of boisterous fans around you, or discover the fabulous suites where the wealthy are entertained. All areas of the tour are wheelchair-friendly and are carried out by professional guides armed with a whole host of interesting facts.
Why walk the tour when you can glide it? You can explore all that the stadium has to offer while you coast through it’s in’s and out’s on a Segway. After a quick 15-minute training session, you’ll set off on your journey with your qualified Segway tour operator. Whether you just want to go on the Moses Mabhida All Access Tour or discover the glorious Durban beachfront promenade, there’s certainly a wide range of Segway Gliding Tours to suit everyone’s needs.
Once you’ve taken advantage of the numerous ways to view the stadium, spend the day at People’s Park – designed with everyone in mind. Enjoy a morning business coffee, an afternoon lunch with friends, or a family picnic. Let the kids bring their bikes along and watch them entertain themselves for hours.
With secure parking and free Wi-Fi at the cafe, you can spend the entire day soaking up the scenic views while the kids have a fun days outing.
Moses Mabhida is a popular venue for a host of events that occur during the year in Durban.