With a 106-metre high arch, the Moses Mabhida Stadium is not only a world-class stadium but also a symbolic icon that rivals England's Wembley Stadium.
History of the venue
Built on the site of the old Kings Park Stadium, the venue is located in the heart of the Kings Park Sporting Precinct and the entire area features additional sporting arenas and facilities as well as a pedestrian walkway linking the stadium complex to the beach.
The ground takes its design inspiration from the South African flag. The two legs of the arch on the southern side of the stadium come together to form a single footing on the northern side, symbolising the new unity of a once-divided country.
The 54,000-seater has been specifically designed as a multi-purpose venue and an amphitheatre complete with a cable car which ascends to a viewing platform at the top of the expansive 350m arch, a staggering 106m above the pitch. From this vantage point, visitors can experience spectacular panoramic views of the nearby shoreline and the city.
Usage during AFCON 2013
The stadium will host six matches during the tournament. Four will be during the group stages, one in the quarter-final and one in the semi-final.
With the warm Durban beaches within walking distance, the venue is a major tourist drawcard thanks to the bungee facility and cable car.
How to get there
Durban International Airport is the main airport serving the city of Durban and is 10 miles south of the city centre. It serves mostly domestic destinations and the only international flights are to/from Mauritius and Swaziland. All other international flights will enter the country through either Cape Town or Johannesburg.
Durban lies on the N2 road which heads south around the coast all the way to Cape Town, 1900km later! The N2 heads north as well, while the N3 heads inland through the Drakensberg ot Johannesburg.