Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
|Gelora Bung Karno Stadium|
|Former names||Gelora Senayan Main Stadium|
|Location||Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Opened||24 July 1962|
|Operator||Gelora Bung Karno Foundation (BPGBK, formerly BPGS-Gelora Senayan Foundation)|
|Surface||Manila grass (1962–1993,2007-present)
Napier grass (1993–2007)
|Field dimensions||110 x 60 m (120.3 x 65.6 yd)|
|Indonesia national football team
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, officially Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno, formerly Gelora Senayan Main Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium located within the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Senayan, Central Jakarta, Indonesia. The stadium is named after Sukarno, Indonesia's first President. It is mostly used for football matches and has a seating capacity of over 80,000.
Although the stadium is popularly known as Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Stadion Gelora Bung Karno), its official name is Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno), as there are other stadiums in the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, such as the Tennis Stadium and the Swimming Stadium. During the New Order era under the "de-Sukarno-ization" policy by former President Suharto, the complex was renamed "Gelora Senayan Complex" and the stadium was renamed "Gelora Senayan Main Stadium".
Construction began on February 8, 1960 and finished on July 21, 1962.' in time to host the fourth Asian Games which were held in Jakarta. Its construction was partially funded through a special loan from the Soviet Union. The stadium's original capacity of 100,800 people was reduced to 88,083 as a result of renovations for the 2007 Asian Cup. It is divided into 24 sectors and 12 entrances, and into upper and lower stands. The special feature of this stadium is the huge steel roof construction that forms a gigantic ring called temu gelang (joined ring). Other than to shade the spectators in all sectors from the heat of tropical sun, the purpose of this giant ring construction is also to emphasize the grandeur of the stadium.
Events in the Stadium
- Host for the 1962 Asian Games (1962).
- Host for SEA Games (1979, 1987, 1997 and 2011).
- Host for the 1989 Sudirman Cup.
- Joint Host for the 2002 Tiger Cup with Singapore.
- Host for the ASEAN Club Championship 2003.
- Host for the 2004 Tiger Cup first leg Semifinal match between Indonesia and Malaysia and first the leg final match between Indonesia vs Singapore.
- Host for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup for Group D matches, the Quarter Final and the final between Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
- Host for the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup for 1st Leg Semifinal match between Indonesia vs Thailand.
- Host for 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup for Group A matches, 2 semifinal matches against Philippines, and 2nd-Leg Final match Indonesia and Malaysia.
- Host for Indonesia home match in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
- Host for the Arsenal 2013 Asia Pre-Season Tour.
- Host for the Liverpool 2013 Asia Pre-Season Tour.
- Host for the Chelsea 2013 Asia Pre-Season Tour.
Other than sports, the stadium is also used for other events such as national ceremonies, political gatherings, university entry examinations, religious affairs, concert, etc. Notable events include:
- The Grand Catholic mass led by Pope John Paul II, in October 1989.
- Konferensi Khilafah Internasional organized by Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, 12 August 2007.
- The 100 year anniversary of Indonesian National Awakening day, 20 May 2008
- The political rally for both of parliamentary and also presidential elections in 2004 and 2009
- Christmas event jointly organized by the Indonesia Bethel Church for the whole district in 2006 until 2010
- Jubileum HKBP (147th in 2007 and 150th in 2011)
- Muktamar Khilafah 2013 organized by Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, 2 June 2013.
Concerts and shows
- British Rock Band, Deep Purple held a concert on 1975. It was the first concert ever held in the stadium and also estimated as the biggest concert ever held at the stadium, because the concert was estimated attended by 150,000 audiences.
- The British boyband Take That performed at the stadium on October 17, 1995 concluding Nobody Else Tour .It was their first concert in the country.
- Linkin Park held "A Thousand Suns World Tour" concert with over 85.000 tickets sold in September 2011.
- Lady Gaga planned to hold a concert as part of her "Born This Way Ball" in the stadium on June 3rd, 2012, with 52,000 tickets being sold, but due to a protest the concert was cancelled.
- SM Entertainment held "SMTown Live World Tour III" concert which is the biggest k-pop concert to be held in Indonesia in 22 September 2012 with more than 50.000 tickets sold.
- KBS held "Music Bank World Tour" concert which is the second biggest k-pop concert to be held in Indonesia in 9 March 2013.
- Metallica held a concert on August 25, 2013 with more than 60,000 tickets sold.
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium during 2007 AFC Asian Cup.
Football field of Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
A view of Jakarta's Bung Karno Stadium from the 46th floor of Wisma 46
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- Pour, Julius (2004), Dari Gelora Bung Karno ke Gelora Bung Karno (in Indonesian), Jakarta: Grasindo, ISBN 978-979-732-444-5.
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