Moses Mabhida Stadium: 2010 Venue

The largest of the five new stadiums being built for World Cup 2010 is Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Along with hosting one of the semifinals, Moses Mabhida Stadium will also host five group stage matches, and one round of 16 match.

The stadium is named after the late Moses Mabhida, who was the leader of the South African Communist Party from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s. It replaces the former Kings Park Soccer Stadium, which was demolished in July 2006 to make way for the construction of the new stadium.

Moses Mabhida Stadium, which has a grass playing surface, will have a capacity of 70,000 for the World Cup, and afterwards, it can be scaled down to 54,000 or up to as much as 80,000, depending on the event.

The stadium was declared complete in late November. The first soccer match at Moses Mabhida Stadium was held on November 29, between Premier Soccer League sides Maritzburg United and AmaZulu, with Maritzburg claiming a 1-0 win.

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