A range of fans has been supplied by AMS (Air Movement Supplies), part of the Elta Group of companies, for a brand new iconic stadium which is to play host to the semi-final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is one of several stadia purpose-built for the world’s biggest football tournament. Constructed on the grounds of the Kings Park Soccer Stadium, the new stadium will have a 70,000 spectator capacity during the World Cup, reducing to 54,000 as a multi-purpose venue once the tournament is over when a temporary third tier of seating will be removed. The three year build began back in 2006 and in June 2007 tenders were issued for the stadium’s ventilation contract. AMS, up against strong competition from other fan supply companies
, won the tender and started working on site with ventilation contractor Improvair in May, 2008. The successful relationship already established with Improvair through other projects such as the prestigious Johannesburg International Airport, plus a capacity for speed of delivery for a project which was obviously so time critical, were significant factors in AMS winning the business.
A mix of smoke ventilation
and axial fans
(with silencers) were supplied for ventilation of the car parks and the plant room, with centrigual fans from the Kruger range installed as part of the stadium’s air conditioning system.
A central feature of the Moses Mabhida Stadium is an arch, somewhat reminiscent of the UK’s Wembley stadium. Rising some 106 metres above the pitch, the arch starts with two legs, becoming a single leg on the other side of the stadium, symbolising the unification of what was a formerly divided country. Spectacular views of the city and the ocean can be gained from a viewing platform at the apex of the arch, reached via a funicular system which carries visitors from the north side of the stadium.
Those brave enough can even take to the world’s largest swing, falling towards the pitch before swinging in a 220 metre arc.
The construction of the stadium was completed on schedule on 24 November 2009, with the first match played a few days later, local team Maritzburg United beating Amazulu 1-0.
Commenting on the project, AMS Regional Manager, Murray Anderson said, “The eyes of the world will be firmly focused on South Africa in a few weeks time. Our workforce can take pride in the fact that they have helped to ensure that such an important and such a spectacular stadium was completed on time to host what I hope will be some memorable games of football”.