Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

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Coordinates: 6°13′6.88″S 106°48′9.04″E / 6.2185778°S 106.8025111°E / -6.2185778; 106.8025111

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
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Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Asia Cup 2007.jpg
Former names Gelora Senayan Main Stadium
Location Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, Indonesia
Coordinates 6°13′7″S 106°48′9″E / 6.21861°S 106.80250°E / -6.21861; 106.80250
Broke ground 1960
Opened 24 July 1962
Owner Jakarta Government
Operator Gelora Bung Karno Foundation (BPGBK, formerly BPGS-Gelora Senayan Foundation)
Surface Manila grass
Scoreboard Samsung
Construction cost $19,500,000
Architect Friedrich Silaban
Capacity 88,083
Field dimensions 110 x 60 m (120.3 x 65.6 yd)
Tenants
Indonesia national football team
Persija Jakarta

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.[1] It is mostly used for football matches and has a seating capacity of over 80,000.

Name[edit]

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".

History[edit]

Construction began on February 8, 1960 and finished on July 21, 1962.'[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Events in the Stadium[edit]

Bung Karno Stadium hosted the 2007 Asian Cup Final between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Other competitions held there are several Tiger Cup finals and domestic cup finals.

International[edit]

Other uses[edit]

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.[5]
  • Konferensi Khilafah Internasional organized by Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, 12 August 2007.
  • The 100 year anniversary of Indonesian National Awakening day, 20 May 2008[6]
  • 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[edit]

  • British Rock Band, Deep Purple held a concert on 4 December 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 25.000 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.
  • Slank held a concert on December 13, 2013.

Gallery[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Pour, Julius (2004), Dari Gelora Bung Karno ke Gelora Bung Karno (in Indonesian), Jakarta: Grasindo, ISBN 978-979-732-444-5. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
700th Anniversary Stadium
Thailand Chiang Mai
Southeast Asian Games Athletics Competitions
Main Venue

1997
Succeeded by
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan
Preceded by
Workers Stadium
China Beijing
AFC Asian Cup
Final Venue

2007
Succeeded by
Khalifa Stadium
Qatar Doha