Did you know?
Kings Park hosted the semi-final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, in which South Africa beat France 19-15 in torrential rain.
Kings Park has been the home of rugby in Durban since 1891 and has hosted many top soccer events during this time as well. The Springboks generally play a Test match every year at this stadium.
Home ground of the Sharks rugby franchise, Kings Park can accommodate up to 55 000 spectators and also features several venues for after-match entertainment, having been significantly renovated about a century after its inception.
While the national soccer team usually play its Durban fixtures across the road at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Kings Park still hosts a number of domestic soccer matches.
The lower stands at Kings Park are just a few metres away from the field, allowing spectators to get right up close to the action. Pre-match entertainment is taken very seriously, with a variety of dancers, acrobats and other performers presenting choreographed routines. Children will be amused by Sharkie, the team’s mascot, who runs around the stadium in a full shark suit.
The club rugby fields outside Kings Park stadium double as parking spaces and live entertainment venues on match days. Fans gather to braai (barbeque) and discuss the game, creating an atmosphere for which Durban has become famous.
There will usually be an assortment of music and entertainment on a specially erected stage, while some of the star players come out to answer questions, sign autographs and hand out freebies.
Durban rugby fans are known for their hospitality and love to engage in friendly banter with supporters of visiting teams. Pop into the Sharks Supporters Club building right outside the stadium to meet the most passionate local rugby gurus.
Music concerts at the stadium in recent years have included performances by Metallica, Collective Soul and Simple Plan.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Kings Park stadium
Tel: +27 (0)31 308 8400
How to get here
Kings Park is situated less than 2km from the Durban beachfront and easily accessible from the M4 freeway. Shuttle transport is available on match days, while metred cabs are a reliable option for those who don’t wish to drive to the stadium.
Best time to visit
Kings Park hosts rugby matches between the months of February and October every year, while soccer is played throughout the year.
Around the area
Moses Mabhida Stadium is literally right across the road from Kings Park. Here you can try out a number of adventure activities when sports matches are not in progress. The Suncoast Casino is also a short walk from Kings Park.
What will it cost
A ticket to a Super Rugby rugby match at Kings Park will generally cost around R100. Tickets for Currie Cup matches are even cheaper.
Where to stay
The Durban beachfront is home to a large assortment of hotels, all of which are just a few minutes away from Kings Park stadium.