Moses Mabhida facts — it was a jumbo undertaking

2009-11-28 00:00

Roughly 12 million man hours were spent building the stadium.

Over 26 000 notional jobs were created during construction.

The roof comprises a membrane of 46 000 m² of Teflon-coated glass-fibre membranes – if laid out, this would cover more than six football pitc hes.

The tensioning for each roof cable required a jack as heavy as a car and able to exert the force of 180 SUVs.

The Moses Mabhida arch is 106 metres high at its apex. Since the average African elephant stands four metres tall, that’s the equivalent of 27 elephants standing on top of one another!

At 360 metres long, the arch is somewhat longer than the arch at Wembley, which is 317 metres long.

At 106 metres high, this is higher than the Statue of Liberty, which is 93 metres tall.

Total area of the stadium façade is 15 000 m², the equivalent of two football pitches if laid out.

Some 245 141 tons of concrete has been used in the project; assuming the average African elephant weighs 4 000 kg, that’s the equivalent of 56 375 elephants – almost twice the number in South Africa.

9 978 t ons of reinforcing steel has been used: that’s almost 40% more steel than used in the Eiffel Tower.

The Moses Mabhida Stadium has been built as a 56 000-seater. The Coliseum in Rome – the largest “stadium” ever built in the Roman Empire and the scene of many gladiatorial contests – seated 50 000.

If stretched out, the 960 km of cable used at the stadium would almost reach from Durban to Johannesburg and back again!

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