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Durban and the World Cup
Moses Mabhida Stadium is in the heart of the multisport Kings Park Sporting Precinct, which has been developed looking toward a bid for the 2020 Olympics. With the capacity to seat 70,000 fans during the 2010 World Cup, it can also expand to 85,000 seats.
The stadium design was inspired by the South African flag, which is visible in the Y-shaped grand arch. The two legs on the southern side of the stadium come together to form a single footing on the northern side symbolizing the uniting of a once-divided nation. A high-tech cable car will transport visitors to a viewing platform 348 feet above the field, where they'll have panoramic views of the ocean and city. If it rains, 95% of stadium seating is covered.
Address: Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Durban
Fan park: On the Beachfront, close to the Kings Park Sporting Precinct, Durban's official fan park will be outfitted with giant screens and entertainment, food, and beverage facilities. Admission to the fan park is free, and transportation facilities and other entertainment options will be easily accessible.
Match Schedule: June 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, and July 7
Safety and Security: The stadium and surrounds will have extensive video surveillance to identify and handle any problems. In addition, all tickets will be marked with the name, passport number, and seat number of the ticket holder so that any bad behavior can be pinpointed to individuals. Those identified will be arrested and banned from future games. There will be horse- and foot-patrol police on match days, and additional policing will be deployed throughout the city and its fan parks for the duration of the tournament. The stadium will have its own security personnel, augmented by volunteer security officers, to provide additional security in and around the stadium and the fan parks. Volunteers will also act as tourism ambassadors at strategic locations such as the beach, where they will provide information to visitors and alert police to any suspicious activity.
Transportation: In addition to Durban International Airport (DUR), which is 16 km (10 mi) south of town, the new King Shaka Airport, in La Mercy, 32 km (20 mi) north of Durban, also offers domestic and international flights. The People Mover bus offers a safe, reliable, and convenient mode of public transportation from the city and beachfront to Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium on match days. There's also a new stadium railway station that allows fans to travel by rail to the event. Park-and-ride facilities allow fans to leave their cars at designated parking areas and take the regular shuttle services to the stadium. A new pedestrian walkway will link the Moses Mabhida Stadium to the beachfront.
Information: 031/311-4720 visitor center fifaworldcup.durban.gov.za.
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