Tenants: Sharks (Super Rugby & Currie Cup)
Kings Park Stadium is primarily a rugby union venue, being the home of the Sharks, a rugby union team that competes in Super Rugby as well as the domestic Currie Cup representing the Natal Rugby Union. The Springboks have also played a number of internationals at the stadium over the years, hosting matches against Australia, England and New Zealand among others, including the British and Irish Lions.
The stadium opened in 1958 with an original capacity of 12,000, being renovated in the 1980s and again ahead of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The stadium hosted three pool matches at the World Cup, a quarter-final and the semi-final in which the hosts South Africa defeated France 19-15 to reach an ultimately successful Final.
Football has also been played at Kings Park, hosting the biggest matches for the Durban based teams. However since the opening of the adjacent Moses Mabhida Stadium ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this is no longer the case. Several matches of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations were played at Kings Park, including a semi-final.
When the Moses Mabhida Stadium was opened, there was speculation that the Sharks would move away from Kings Park Stadium. However they have a 50 year lease on the stadium which runs until 20156.
Sharks – Tickets for Sharks matches are available through their ticketing partner, Ticketpro.
South Africa international rugby union – Springbok ticket sales are handled by the host province, for further information on the latest Springbok ticket sales consult the official website.
Location & Travel
Kings Park Stadium is located in the Kings Park Sporting Precinct in the Stamford Hill suburb of Durban, approximately 5 kilometres north of central Durban.
Air – The King Shaka International Airport is the primary airport for Durban, located approximately 35 kilometers to the north of the city. The airport was opened in 2010 ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and now has links to London, Dubai, Doha, Istanbul and domestic destinations in South Africa.
Train – Durban railway station is located just under 4 kilometres south of Kings Park Stadium, with long distance services running daily to Johannesburg and weekly to Cape Town.
The Metrorail is the commuter service across Durban, with the Moses Mabhida Stadium station being the closest station to Kings Park. Alternatively. Umgeni station is just over a kilometre away (15 minutes walk).