Bukit Jalil National Stadium

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Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil
Bukit Jalil National Stadium
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The stadium during the final of 2009 Malaysia Cup.
Former names Stadium Negara Bukit Jalil (Proposed name)
Location Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Coordinates 3°3′16.8″N 101°41′28.2″E / 3.054667°N 101.691167°E / 3.054667; 101.691167
Owner Malaysian Government
Operator National Sports Complex
Capacity 87,411
Surface Grass pitch
Track
Scoreboard Sony
Construction
Broke ground 1 January 1992
Built 1 January 1995
Opened 11 September 1998
Renovated 1 January 1996
Expanded 1 January 1998
Construction cost RM800 Million
Tenants
Malaysia national football team

National Stadium (Malay: Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil) in Bukit Jalil, located in the National Sports Complex to the south of the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is a 100,200 capacity all-seater multi-purpose stadium. It was officially inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, on 1 January 1998 ahead of the 1998 Commonwealth Games and staged the Games' opening ceremony.[1]

History[edit]

The stadium was built in 1 January 1997 to host the 1998 Commonwealth Games. It finished exactly a year in 1 January 1998. After the 1998 Commonwealth Games ended in September, The stadium became the Home stadium for the Malaysia national football team, replacing the Shah Alam Stadium and the Merdeka Stadium. It also served as the main stadium of the 2001 Southeast Asian Games.

The Bukit Jalil's capacity makes it the 10th largest stadium in the world and the 2nd largest football stadium in the world. It is also the largest stadium in Southeast Asia and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. It was built by United Engineers Malaysia, Bhd, and completed three months ahead of schedule. Designed to host a multitude of events, the National Stadium is the central and most prominent sports venue at the 1.2 km² National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil.

The stadium is considered the best stadium in Malaysia and is home of the Malaysian national football team. Initially built for the 1998 Commonwealth Games, when it hosted the opening/closing ceremonies and the athletics competitions, the stadium is now used for a variety of events, most recently being one of the venues for the AFC Asian Cup 2007. There were many other sports venues that were built for the Commonwealth Games, such as Bukit Kiara Sports Complex and the National Sports Complex, Malaysia.

Malaysia's previous national stadium was the Merdeka Stadium before the Bukit Jalil sports complex was constructed. Malaysia also uses other stadiums for their football matches such as KLFA Stadium, MBPJ Stadium and the Shah Alam Stadium.

Stadium facilities[edit]

The stadium is equipped with the following facilities:

  • 68m x 105m grass pitch
  • 9 laned 400m synthetic track
  • 6m x 60m warming up track
  • 1,500 flux floodlights
  • Broadcast Studios
  • Coloured Video Matrix Scoreboards
  • High-tech Cathode Ray Tube Video Screen Board

Other uses[edit]

National Stadium, Bukit Jalil has been host to other important events besides football matches. Notable music artists who have performed in the stadium include:

Major events[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Sport Complex". kiat.net. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  2. ^ Return Journey to Kuala Lumpur Retrieved at 8 June 2014
  3. ^ "Arsenal to undertake pre-season tour of Malaysia and China this July". guardian.co.uk. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
Preceded by
Centennial Stadium
Canada Victoria, Canada
Host of the
Commonwealth Games

1998
Succeeded by
Etihad Stadium
United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Preceded by
None
Premier League Asia Trophy
Venue

2003
Succeeded by
Rajamangala Stadium
Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

Coordinates: 3°3′16.8″N 101°41′28.2″E / 3.054667°N 101.691167°E / 3.054667; 101.691167