Today we visited the famous Moses Mabhida Stadium, where thousands of people from around the world gathered for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We rode up the massive 344 ft. tall arch to the viewing platform at the top, where we were greeted with a gorgeous daytime view of the Durban city skyline.
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is named in honor of a politician who led the South African Communist Party from 1978 until his death in 1986. As a dominant member of the African National Congress (ANC), he worked ardently to develop African trade unions. For more information about the courageous life of Moses Mabhida, take a look at this entry from SAHO.
After checking out the stadium where countless famous soccer matches were held, we were in the mood to check out a game for ourselves! Although neither the Kaiser Chiefs nor the Orlando Pirates were playing in Durban, we managed to catch the Portugal vs. Czech Republic game at a well-known curry house on Florida Road. It was more of a sports bar than a traditional Indian curry house, but it was great to see all of the Durbanites getting in the spirit of soccer! The locals near us were not especially fans of star player Cristiano Ronaldo, but they were nonetheless excited for the Portugal win. I’m excited to see how the fans react at a live sporting event tomorrow, as we will be attending our first rugby match! We’ll see if South African sports fans can compare to the die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fans I’ve been surrounded by for three years!