Five matches, one second round game and one semi-final will be played at Durban’s brand new Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Durban, South Africa’s third-largest city, is popular for its year-round subtropical climate and beachy location fronting the Indian Ocean. While it will technically be “winter” during the tournament, and parts of the country like Cape Town experience fall-like temperatures of 50-60 degrees, Durban will more likely be in the comfortable 70s.
The open-air stadium, which cost $450 million to build and holds up to 85,000 people, is located in the heart of the city’s Kings Park Sporting Precinct. It will host its first FIFA game on June 13, when with a Germany plays Australia.
A 347-foot high arch supports the roof, but is also equipped with a super cool SkyCar funicular that transports 25 people from the north side of the stadium to a viewing platform on the arch’s highest point for a crazy 360-degree view of Durban and the Indian Ocean.
Those with exceptional lung power and a taste for adventure can take the 550-step SkyWalk climb up the southern side of the arch. An even more bananas activity for adrenaline junkies is the trying the Big Rush Big Swing, a bungee swing that flings you out and across the stadium bowl arc. It's said to be a world’s first in a stadium.
After the games are over, the multi-purpose stadium will find new life as a stage for concerts, rugby, and other sporting events.
Disclosure: Chanize Thorpe was hosted by South Africa Tourism on a recent assignment.
· 2010 World Cup coverage [Jaunted]