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2010 FIFA World Cup - Moses Mabhida World Cup Stadium | Durban, South Africa

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Dedicated to the legacy of Moses Mabhida, a union organizer ascended to lead the South African Communist Party through the dark days of Apartheid, the Moses Mabhida Stadium lives up to the grandeur Mabhida dreamed of for his nation. Astounding images from photographer Roy Zipstein for SPREAD Art Culture Magazine, it is one of five new venues built for these games. With capacity for 70,000 soccer fans, it is also one of the largest,. Shadowed by a majestic 1148-foot long arch at a height of 350-foot, a gesture of the once divided nation coming together. An added incentive, the arch doubles as an observation deck during off-game days, with funicular carts zipping tourists to the highest point. Teflon-coated sail, measured at 495,100 square-foot, acts as the roof. Some 1750 columns provide structural integrity along with natural ventilation in the form of cool cross wind from the Durban shoreline. Lead by German architectural firm von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, with Ibhola Lethu Consortium as project manager and Schlaic, Bergermann und Partner as structural engineer, construction started on April 1st, 2007 and completed on November 24th, 2009. The stadium will see its first FIFA World Cup game this Sunday, June 13th, as Germany go against Australia.