The World Cup in South Africa turned out to be much better than a lot of people thought and it really was an interesting tournament, full of all kinds of on- and off-field controversies. The country spent a lot on this event, especially on the stadiums, with 5 being newly built while 5 were renovated. The best one, in my humble opinion, was Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, which I took so many shots of. The design is obviously very unique but from inside the stadium is also spectacular to behold. I also took pictures of several other stadiums from the outside, or in the case of Ellis Park, from high above. The first stadium is of course, Durban’s magnificent and iconic Moses Mabhida, which is actually pronounced Moses Ma-di-ba, and which stands out prominently no matter where you view it from.
This was taken on a quiet June evening before the World Cup began.
This is how it looks right before a game after entering the perimeter gate.
It looks just as good inside as it does from the outside.
Here I’m standing on the other end, but still the same side, from where the previous shot was taken.
This was a fantastic view. As you can see, lots of people are still hanging around and taking in the view and atmosphere though the game ended about 20 minutes ago.
Here’s looking at it from a small hill on Berea, Durban.
And here’s looking at it from Durban North with the Umgeni River in the foreground.
It’s also visible from the Durban beachfront.
Moving on now, I also saw Soccer City, the nation’s biggest stadium, which is located in the famous town of Soweto in Johannesburg.
This was taken after the World Cup ended.
Cape Town’s Stadium was considered by some people as one of the best but somehow its bowl shape and plain exterior didn’t appeal much to me. Still I took a long walk (around 45 minutes) to the stadium from the city centre just to see it and take some photos.
Next up is Polokwane whose Peter Mokaba Stadium is one of the new ones built but hosted just 4 first-round matches.
Finally, back to Johannesburg where I saw the venerable Ellis Park from on top of the Carlton Center. The stadium has a special history, being the venue of South Africa’s rugby triumph in 1995 when they beat New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup, but I really did not like the Coca Cola signs along the top.