Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa
(Outstanding Stucture Award Finalist 2011)
This is a world-class multipurpose sporting facility and an iconic, innovative and sustainable landmark in Durban (completed in October 2009). Ideally situated close to the city centre, and part of the Kings Park Sporting Precinct, the stadium was one of the hosts for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and the venue for the semi-final. The stadium was designed to not only serve as a venue for the 2010 Soccer World Cup but also as a sustainable recreational and sporting facility of the greater Durban area. The innovative but practical design met the City of Durban’s brief, which required a state-of-theart landmark sports facility with excellent amenities, architectural and engineering ingenuity and a sustainable recreational and multidisciplinary sporting venue.
Moses Mabhida Stadium has been designed as a symbol of the unification of a nation with a passion for sport. This is epitomised in the 106 metre high central arch that supports the lightweight cable stayed roof which covers 85% of the seats. The stadium’s normal capacity is 56 000, which was extended to 70 000 for the FIFA World Cup with additional seating being installed on Level 6.
Spanning the length of the stadium, the 360m long arch supports a web of interlocking galvanised steel cables totalling over 36km in length which add form to the tensile roof. The 30-storey high arch weighs 2600 tons and consists of 56 sections, each measuring 10m in length. The iconic arch, inspired by the Y-shape of the South African flag, has become a tourist attraction as it features a high-tech cable car designed to take visitors up to its highest point, where they can disembark for panoramic views of the city and stadium.
More than 100 columns of varying heights surround the stadium, the highest being 46 metres. A total of 550 aluminium fins are fitted between the main columns. The levels of the stadium are supported by 1750 columns and 216 raking beams that provide the main support to the seating panels. 1780 pre-cast concrete seating panels create the bowl form around the floor space within the stadium structure. 225 520 t of concrete and 9 150 t of reinforcing steel has been used.