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Old May 17th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #2221
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@MMStadium is expecting a capacity +50000 crowd for the PSL match between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows on Saturday! If Pirates win, the win the PSL. The PSL effectively will be decided in KZN, with Morroco Swallows, the only team that could snatch the PSL title from Pirates, playing against Maritzburg United in PMB.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 03:26 PM   #2222
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Yes, big soccer weekend for KZN...

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Soccer fans flock to KZN
May 18 2012 at 10:09am

Durban and Pietermaritzburg will be teaming with SA soccer fans tomorrow for the Absa Premiership title clashes involving Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows.

Pirates supporters from around the country are set to descend on Durban for their final Premier Soccer League (PSL) match against Golden Arrows at Moses Mabhida Stadium, while Swallows will take on Maritzburg United in the KZN capital.

Pirates have the edge, standing on 55 points, with Moroka Swallows two points behind, but a win for the “Dube birds” in Pietermaritzburg and a loss for Pirates could see them scupper Pirates’ goal of a second consecutive PSL title.

It is expected to be a capacity crowd with more than 50 000 fans set to be at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

It has been reported that the PSL trophy will remain midway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg until one of the clubs secures the title.

Imraan Mahomed, general manager of Moses Mabhida Stadium, said that by 1pm yesterday more than 46 000 of the 49 000 general tickets for the match had been sold.

“It is certain to be a sell-out with tickets going fast.

“There are a further 2 000 seats for hospitality tickets, which I’m sure are taken considering this is one of the final matches of the season…

“This is a major match for the stadium, which will end the season on a high note for us,” Mahomed said.

“It has been a busy season for the stadium with almost all AmaZulu’s home matches played here. We also hosted the sell-out Telkom Knockout final which Pirates won in December; the recent big Golden Arrows versus Kaizer Chiefs match; and the Bafana Bafana match against Senegal,” he added.

Mahomed urged fans to come earlier for the match, with gates opening at noon and the kickoff at 3pm. Orlando Pirates spokesman Mickey Modisane said fans from across the country would be descending on Durban.”Most of our supporters will be taking buses, taxis or driving down (from Joburg), while others will fly.

“We command a huge following in Durban. It’s like our second home,” he said.

Modisane warned fans without tickets not to come to the stadium.

Moroka Swallows spokesman Siyabonga Sangweni said 15 supporter buses would be travelling to Pietermaritzburg.

Maritzburg United operations manager Quinton Jettoo said there were many tickets still available for the match at the Harry Gwala Stadium.


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Old May 31st, 2012, 12:47 PM   #2223
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United may play in CT, Durban
May 31 2012 at 07:35am
By Rodney Reiners

Manchester United will play AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The world’s most popular football club, Manchester United, look set to make a stop in Cape Town and Durban before flying to the Far East for their pre-season trip.

United are in the process of preparing for next season’s English Premier League and are considering a whistle-stop tour of SA, although this has not been confirmed.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, which finished second to Manchester City in last season’s campaign, are tentatively pencilled in to face AmaZulu at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on July 19 before heading to the Mother City two days later to take on Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

Ajax chief executive George Comitis was unable to confirm the match as yet, but did confirm that negotiations had been under way and were in the “final stages”.

The last time United were in Cape Town was when they played Kaizer Chiefs at Newlands in a Vodacom Challenge match in 2008, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Earlier this week, the Manchester club was officially feted as “the most popular football team in the world”, with 659 million fans worldwide, according to a survey carried out by market research agency Kantar. – Cape Argus


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Old June 15th, 2012, 08:41 PM   #2224
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Durban has secured the match on Nelson Mandela Day (July 18)

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June 13 2012 at 12:14pm
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File photo: Manchester United will be playing a game in Durban, as a part of celebrations to mark Nelson Mandela's birthday.

The Red Devils are coming to town.

English football giants and the world’s most popular club, Manchester United, will be making their third visit to South Africa in six years, with stops in Durban and Cape Town confirmed for next month.

It was announced on Wednesday that “The MTN Football Invitational” will see Sir Alex Ferguson’s men face AmaZulu or Golden Arrows at Moses Mabhida Stadium on July 18 and then tackle Ajax Cape Town three days later in the Mother City.


The event forms part of Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebrations and there will be a local coaching clinic conducted by United the day before each game.

A Red Devils training session will be open to the public, while ticket prices will range from R150 to R350 at Computicket.

United came to South Africa in 2006 and 2008 to feature in the Vodacom Challenge exhibition event.

The club’s chief executive David Gill, said: “We had a fantastic amount of support from our fans last time we played a game in South Africa. We were overwhelmed by the passion and excitement generated by the fans who came out to support us and we hope many more join us again this year.”

The Durban opposition for the 19-time English Premiership champions will be confirmed soon.

That it hasn’t yet stems from the fact that the provincial government is involved in funding the costly event and apparently does not wish to be seen as favouring AmaZulu over Golden Arrows.

It proposes a combined team from the two clubs face Ferguson’s men, but this is not acceptable to AmaZulu at present.

Graham O’Connor, AmaZulu’s managing director, said today his club was quietly hoping the politicians would eventually give “Usuthu” the nod because it had actually instigated the fixture and spent months negotiating with United’s representatives and local brokers Primedia Sports.

Mato Madlala, the Arrows chairwoman and managing director, said she would not mind seeing a combined team put together, even including Maritzburg United, “because I can understand where the government is coming from”.

Meanwhile, Cape Town is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for the visit.

The city plans to reopen the fan walk for the biggest sporting event since 2010, reports Murray Williams.

The City of Cape Town’s Grant Pascoe confirmed today that Manchester United will play at the Cape Town Stadium on July 21.


The team’s visit to Cape Town would be a flying one – they would arrive 36 hours before the game, and would leave soon afterwards for China. - Daily News


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Old June 18th, 2012, 07:38 PM   #2225
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A tweet from Jeremy Clarkson:

"The Riva Aquarama. The Eagle Speedster. The Humber Bridge. The Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. 4 best looking man made things in the world."

That and various other tweets suggest they had a great time.
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Old June 19th, 2012, 09:35 AM   #2226
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I don't understand why South africa cannot bid for the IAAF world championship in athletics using this massive stadium, what is stopping them?

The next open bidding edition is 2019 event. With moscow hosting it in 2013, beijing in 2015 and london in 2017.

Bring the event to africa for the first time, atleast in 2019 usain bolt will be 32 and still running!!!!

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Old June 19th, 2012, 02:08 PM   #2227
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No photos of the event?
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Old June 21st, 2012, 08:05 AM   #2228
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Old June 21st, 2012, 08:06 AM   #2229
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I don't understand why South africa cannot bid for the IAAF world championship in athletics using this massive stadium, what is stopping them?

The next open bidding edition is 2019 event. With moscow hosting it in 2013, beijing in 2015 and london in 2019.

Bring the event to africa for the first time, atleast in 2019 usain bolt will be 32 and still running!!!!
I agree that the city and athletics SA should go for it... but i suppose someone needs to light the spark
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 07:38 PM   #2230
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Cross-post from the Top Gear thread. SA's most striking and versatile stadium looks amazing in these pics...

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Here's some ***AMAZING*** pics. Durbsboi, thanks for sharing. They're some of the best pics I've seen of this event!















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Old July 17th, 2012, 05:09 PM   #2231
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It’s a Durban sellout as Man United land

July 17 2012 at 07:31am
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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, left, arrives in Durban to loud cheers, cries and singing from fans. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo


Durban was abuzz with Monday night’s arrival of English soccer giants Manchester United at the King Shaka International Airport.

Their clash with local soccer club AmaZulu on Wednesday has excited Durban soccer fans who welcomed one of their favourite teams to the city.

Warwick Hospitality and Events spokesman John McCarthy confirmed that tickets to the game were sold out on Monday.

“We are expecting about 51 000 people for the game. The training session tickets were sold out over a week ago,” he said. “We were confident that the tickets would be sold out in Durban.”

The match will take place at Moses Mabhida stadium with kick-off at 8pm – coincidentally on Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

Alex Ferguson’s team will then clash with Premier Soccer League giants Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town stadium at the weekend.

Tickets for the Durban game cost R150, R250 and R350.

The open training session, which is on Tuesday night from 7pm-8pm, cost R10 with 11 000 people expected to attend the session.

The 22-man Manchester United squad includes veterans and experienced players like captain Rio Ferdinand, midfielder Michael Carrick, midfielder Paul Scholes and striker Dimitar Berbatov, alongside a host of youngsters including strikers Federico Macheda and Javier Hernandez.

Fan favourites, winger Luís “Nani” Almeida, star striker Wayne Rooney and midfielder Ryan Giggs were left behind.

The match would also provide AmaZulu players an opportunity to be signed by Manchester United, spokesman Philani Mabaso said.

“Our camp is excited. Some of our players look up to Manchester United players and see them as role models,” he said.

Despite the game being a friendly match, Mabaso said his team wanted a win.

“We will play like its any other game, but we also need to make the game memorable.”

Moses Mabhida spokeswoman Lara McLeod said: “All checks on equipment and back-ups are completed and 100 percent functional. The pitch is 100 percent ready.”

She added that event security, the metro police, the SAPS, public order policing, the medical team and ushers were prepared for both the practice session on Tuesday and the game on Wednesday.

People attending the game should dress warmly as cold conditions were expected, Durban forecaster Mduduzi Mthembu warned.

“The weather will be warm during the day but it will get very cold at night. The minimum temperature will be 10ºC,” he said.

No rain was expected for the game and the wind would be gentle.

Motorists can expect road restrictions from 3.30pm on Tuesday, Metro police spokesman Eugene Msomi said.

“Umgeni Road and Suncoast Boulevard are among the roads that will be restricted to one lane,” he said.

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Old July 19th, 2012, 09:59 AM   #2232
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Not quite MM, but its neighbour. Seems there was just a fire at Kings Park...

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Fire at Kings Park contained

July 19 2012 at 09:03am
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Firefighters found the upper level of the stadium in flames


A fire broke out at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Thursday, the city’s chief fire officer said.

“Our firefighters responded to the call shortly after 6.30am and from a distance the crew noticed flames emanating from the roof of the stadium,” Mark te Water said.

“On their arrival they found the upper level of the stadium in flames. They worked with hydraulic platforms and successfully contained the fire.”

They gained access through the balcony to put out the fire in two upper level hospitality suites.

Firefighters had brought the blaze under control by 8.30am.

Metro police closed off Jacko Jackson Drive between the old NMR Avenue and Goble road.

“We don’t know what caused the fire at this stage. The firefighters are dousing the hotspots and once the scene is declared safe the investigative crew will be able to access the area to determine the cause,” Te Water said.

No injuries were reported.

The stadium is the home ground of the Sharks rugby team.

http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/sport/2...durban-stadium

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A fire can be seen on roof of the Mr Price Kings Park Stadium in Durban.


Johannesburg – A fire broke out at Mr Price Kings Park stadium in Durban on Thursday morning, SABC radio news reported.

Metro police closed off Jacko Jackson Drive between the old NMR Avenue and Goble road.

Firefighters had brought the blaze under control by 8.30am.

The stadium is the home ground of the Sharks rugby team. – Sapa

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Lets hope one day the whole stadium can burn down
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Old July 19th, 2012, 11:10 AM   #2235
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It looks like a dog's breakfast for one?
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Maybe then the sharks can move to the mms after signing that long ass contract with kings park
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Old July 19th, 2012, 11:18 AM   #2238
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Maybe then the sharks can move to the mms after signing that long ass contract with kings park
Great to understand neither are rugby fans
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Great to understand neither are rugby fans
So because I think King's Park (and Newlands for that matter) is fugly I'm suddenly not a rugby fan? Wonderful logic This overdefensiveness has gotten beyond amusing
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Old July 19th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #2240
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I'm grateful Newlands is not across the road from CT stadium and that the two stadiums don't share parking spaces. That just looks bad.

Stadium looked great last night, and there were some empty seats. Also noticed grass around the playing area again.
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