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KKings Park has been the home of rugby in Durban since 1891. 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 it was built. The Springboks generally play a test match every year at this stadium, an event widely attended by rugby enthusiasts.
While the national soccer team usually play its Durban fixtures across the road at Moses MabhidaStadium, Kings Park also 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 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 a spirited 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.
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Who to contact
Tel: (031) 308 8400
How to get there
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 metered 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.
Things to do
Moses Mabhida Stadium is right across the road from Kings Park. Here you can try out a number of adventure activities, including the famous SkyCar, when sports matches are not in progress. The Suncoast Casino is also a short walk from Kings Park.
What to pack
A ticket to a Super Rugby rugby match at Kings Park will generally cost between R50 and R150. 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.
What to eat
There are plenty of food and drink options on match days both inside and outside the stadium grounds.