Dur­ban’s new sta­dium raises the bar

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODWINES -

THE newly-built Dur­ban Sta­dium, which sits on the shores of the In­dian Ocean, has re­ceived rave re­views from both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional me­dia – and no won­der.

The sta­dium, which is now com­pleted and ready for foot­ball, is one of 10 that will stage the world’s great­est sport­ing event at the tip of the African con­ti­nent in June.

And the arena, oth­er­wise known as the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium, is clearly well wor­thy of this hon­our.

Un­doubt­edly, one of its most iconic fea­tures of the sta­dium is its much-talked about ca­ble car.

By this means, vis­i­tors can as­cend to a view­ing plat­form at the top of the ex­pan­sive 350m arch, a stag­ger­ing 106m above the pitch.

From this van­tage point, it is pos­si­ble to ex­pe­ri­ence spec­tac­u­lar panoramic views over the ocean and the city.

One on­looker re­cently ob­served that the newly built Dur­ban Sta­dium will be the epit­ome of this year’s World Cup in South Africa.

Com­pleted on sched­ule, the ma­jes­tic arena has al­ready hosted a num­ber of high-pro­file matches in­clud­ing a show­down be­tween Kaizer Chiefs, and one of their most pop­u­lar ri­vals, Mamelodi Sun­downs.

A ca­pac­ity crowd packed into the sta­dium for that par­tic­u­lar event.

The arena, built on the site of Dur­ban’s old Kings Park Sta-

WORLD CUP WON­DER: Dur­ban’s Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium is im­pres­sive in ev­ery sense, es­pe­cially its ca­ble car which trav­els over the pitch to a height of 106 me­tres.

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