Sunday Tribune

Council sets date for opening of new stadium


DURBANITES will get their first look inside the Moses Mabhida Stadium when the venue is opened to the public for the first time during a two-hour event on November 27.

Two days later, the stadium will host its first match – a KwaZulu-Natal derby between Premier Soccer League rivals AmaZulu and Maritzburg United.

According to the eThekwini Municipali­ty, everything is in place and the stadium is well on track to host these events.

“A stadium of this size needs to be carefully commission­ed and requires us to open it in a phased and controlled manner.

“For the first event, we will only open the lower tier, which is about 28 000 seats.

“In this way, the facilities on the different levels can be tested systematic­ally,” said Julie-May Ellingson, head of the municipali­ty’s strategic projects unit.

Officials will also be required to have a full capacity event before the stadium is handed over to Fifa.

“This event “should imitate Fifa match-day conditions as closely as possible”.

Details and the date of this event have not been outlined.

The official public opening on Sunday, November 27 will be a family orientated, twohour long event.

The details have yet to be finalised.

Ellingson said that the stadium was “essentiall­y complete” and would easily be ready before these events.

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