It’s hard to believe that in a city such as Durban that has so much to offer potential tourists the stadium is becoming one of the main attractions. It is easy to find if you are visiting from out of town and the excellent road networks mean that a good choice is car hire. Durban is well known for its hot weather year round and its humidity in summer so if you’re looking for a car hire in Durban ensure it has air-conditioning.
The Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban built to host the Durban matches of the 2010 World cup is a state of the art sports facility which has a become a prominent tourist attraction. It is a proud landmark on the Durban skyline and boasts a couple of attractions that make a trip to the stadium a worthwhile outing when visiting. It is easily accessible by car and is serviced by public transport. If arriving at the airport any Durban airport car hire company will be able to give you directions and a map. It can be found by following the N2 into Durban city centre.
The stadium was built on the grounds of the old Kings Park Soccer stadium in the suburb of Stamford hill and named after the former secretary of the South African communist party. It had a seating capacity of 62 760 during the world cup which is reduced to 60 000 for world cup matches and could be increased to 80 000 for an event such as the Olympic Games.
The stadium features an arch which spans 350m and at its highest point reaches 106m. It has been designed with both functionality and aesthetics in mind it serves the purpose of holding up the roof of the stadium and represents a once divided nation coming together and symbolises the South African flag.
The stadium features two popular tourist attractions, well one really, on which three popular activities can be performed. The arch over the stadium has a viewing platform at its highest point which offers spectacular 360 degree views over the city and can be accessed by either a walk way or a funicular known as the Sky Car. Hire one of the many suites for a function to impress clients from out of town and take them on a trip up the Sky Car. For the more energetic it is possible to walk up to the viewing platform via a walk way up the Southern arch consisting of 550 steps.
For the adventurous and brave the arch also features the world’s only stadium bungee swing. Participants jump off the arch 106m above the pitch to swing like a pendulum in a 220m arc under the iconic arch. Stadium tours are also available with trained guides that will be able to tell you all the interesting statistics that go into creating a stadium of this magnitude.
The venue offers year round usability for multiple different sports and thus has good facilities for locals to park their car. Hire a mini bus or taxi and you will be able to enjoy some of the excellent bars in the stadium on match day.