Moses Mabhida Stadium
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A Proudly South African venue perfect for hosting the Fifa 2010 world cup soccer tournament!
The Moses Mabhida Stadium design brief called for the design of "a state-of-the-art landmark sports facility with excellent amenities, and a sustainable recreational and multi-disciplinary sporting venue." The winning design by the ILC created the stadium. With its beautiful styled "arch of triumph" and eye pleasing design, the stadium is an engineering feat that provides Durban with a defining landmark to match the Eiffel Tower, Sydney's Opera House or The London Eye.
Importantly the multi-disciplinary aspect of the stadium's design permits it to host a wide range of sporting and cultural events. Visually inspiring - and comprising of more than a hundred columns - the facade of Moses Mabhida Soccer Stadium allows for natural ventilation and creates an incredible sense of space every bit as striking as the stadium's famous arch. The different levels of the stadium are supported by 1 750 columns and 216 raking beams that provide the main support to the seating panels.
The easy access and spacious public area in and around the stadium allows for an enjoyable and memorable spectator experience. The wide flip-up seats and sight lines from all seats means that all supporters of all sports including football, rugby, cricket and athletics and cultural events have uninterrupted views of the "stage" to watch and cheer on their teams and artists in absolute comfort.
The King's Park Precinct has been designed to:
• Provide parks, walks, exercise areas, shops and restaurants that will appeal to all Durbanites, not just the "sporty", and ensure the stadium is the centre of activity 365 days a year. • Allow for the safe - and unimpeded movement of pedestrians and vehicles on major match days.
Persons with disabilities:
The Moses Mabhida Stadium provides seating for 180 wheelchair users and all hospitality suites are accessible for people with physical disabilities.
In addition to providing pedestrian access to the stadium for those coming from the city centre, this green space to the south of the stadium offers a haven of trees, lawns and picnic spots.
Situated to the north of the Moses Mabhida Stadium, this will offer a collection of shops and restaurants, as well as an outdoor amphitheatre. Visitors will also be able to board the SkyCar here.
The Moses Mabhida pitch has been designed to meet the requirements of major sporting bodies such as FIFA, IRB, SAFA and SARFU. It is a "premier playing field" comprising an upper layer of high-draining, non-compacting sand growing medium over a gravel layer with subsoil drains. This type of pitch allows for better drainage - at a rate in excess of 100mm an hour - while still allowing for excellent grass growth. It can also be used in wet conditions that would render other grounds unplayable
These include four state-of-the-art change rooms each with a Jacuzzi, as well as a fully equipped medical suite.
Level access is as follows:
• Level 1: accessible by motor vehicle;
• Level 3: main podium is located here and is accessible via ramps from People's Park and Imbizo
Place, as well as lifts from Level 1; <
• Level 5/6: access via lifts and internal staircases.
Other elements include:
• Heroes' Walk, which commemorates great South Africans
• Moses Mabhida Square, with water features, indigenous trees, extensive grassed areas and
• sufficient space for hosting small concerts
• Peoples Park restaurant, where the emphasis will be on good quality family fare in a relaxed alfresco setting
• Two training fields with change rooms and ablution blocks
• A 1km circular track for walking, jogging or cycling
How did Moses Mabhida Stadium get its name
A bit about Mr. Moses Mhabida
As general-secretary of the SACP, member of the ANC's national executive committee and vice-president of the South African Congress Of Trade Unions, Moses Mbheki Mncane Mabhida was one of those who helped to forge - and maintain - the powerful united front that eventually saw the creation of a democratic and non-racial South Africa.
Comrade Baba, as he was called by his friends, was born on October 14, 1923. His father was a farmer forced off his land and forced to find work in the city and his mother was a washerwoman who instilled in her children an understanding of the importance of education. Mabhida joined the South African Communist Party in 1942 and was soon involved full-time in the trade union movement. He developed a close working relationship with ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli and was one of those who travelled across the province asking communities what they would like to see included in the Freedom Charter.
He was sent into exile in 1960 and in 1963 began to work on the development of the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto weSizwe. In November 1979 he was elected general-secretary of the SACP. He died of a heart attack in Maputo, Mozambique, on March 8, 1986, at the age of 63, and was given a state funeral with full military honours at the capital's Lhanguene cemetery.
"We who have walked with the giants know that Moses Mbheki Mabhida belongs in that company too," said the then president of the African National Congress Oliver Tambo, speaking at Mabhida's funeral. In December 2006 Moses Mabhida's body was returned home and laid to rest in the Heroes Acre in Slangspruit, Pietermaritzburg.
That how Moses Mabhida Stadium got its name
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