South Africa’s 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums are breathtaking architectural marvels and Durban’s new 2010 stadium is possibly the most eye-catching of the lot.

The ten 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums are sure to amaze the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will descend on South Africa, with the arch that will tower overhead above the pitch of Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium already an object of wonder for Durban’s residents.

When complete the arch will be 105 metres above ground level, with spectators able to get to the top of the arch by cable-car from one side or by ascending hundreds of steps from the other for a stunning view of the 2010 FIFA World semifinal venue below and of the nearby Indian Ocean just a few kilometers behind the stadium.

Julie-May Ellingson, Head of Durban’s Strategic Projects Unit and 2010 Programme, said progress continues at a pleasing rate at the stadium, heading steadily towards its October 2009 completion and the start of exciting times for Durban residents and visitors.

She said Durban continues to be ‘ahead of the game’ and was looking to finish the 70 000-seater stadium comfortably ahead of FIFA’s October 2009 deadline, with the stadium’s impressive progress certainly making a great impression on a FIFA inspection team which visited the stadium on 7 October 2008.

“While we have experienced delays due to inclement weather, we are still well on schedule and very pleased with the stadium’s development. The project is now approximately 65% complete. We were very proud to show them (the FIFA inspectors) the tremendous progress that has taken place since they were last here. We were also delighted to hear that, not only are they impressed with the progress we have made but also complimented the city on our beautiful stadium,” said Ellingson.

By the beginning of September, a total of approximately 177 515 tons of concrete and 8 591 tons of reinforcement steel had been used at the stadium, giving an indication of the enormity of the project.

Ellingson said the various teams involved in construction had a busy September, making significant advancements in numerous areas. The stadium’s many supporting structures are now largely complete. This includes piling and ground beams, retaining walls, supporting columns and the floor slabs on each level. As work continues on the stadium bowl, the placing of the pre-cast seating is more than 82% complete. The amphitheatre is also taking great shape and has progressed to 60%. Ellingson says that by the beginning of October the arch was 60% in place, with the compression ring that runs around the perimeter of the roof at 45% complete.

“As we moved through October, work is continuing on all of these elements, with an added focus on the external works. This involves the underground storm water lines, which are now 95% complete, the parking garage structure and the podium on Level 3. The team has also made good progress on the finishes, including plaster, ceilings, shop fronts, doors and vanity tops,” said Ellingson.

With such a beautiful stadium so spectacularly taking shape, the city’s stadium team can be forgiven for a little vanity – taking pride in what will be a magnificent venue.

About the Moses Mabhida Stadium:
The world class stadium being constructed as a key venue for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM will become a symbol for Durban, highlighting the city’s ability to host international sporting events.

It will also leave a legacy that promotes multi-disciplinary sporting codes, including soccer, rugby and athletics. As the backbone for the Kings Park Sporting Precinct, the stadium is designed to be a multi-functional, hard-working and easy-to-maintain asset for Durban. 

By hosting major sporting and other events, the city aims to attract investment and increase employment in terms of its economic development strategy way beyond 2010.