Although being a football representative from the Province of South Sumatra, Sriwijaya was actually founded in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, as Persijatim East Jakarta in 1976. Because of some financial reasons, the club decided to move to Solo City and become Persijatim Solo Football Club. The financial condition, however, did not improve until the Province of South Sumatra bought the ownership of the team and renamed the team Sriwijaya Football Club.
Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium (also called as Jakabaring Stadium) is a multifunctional stadium located in Indonesia. This stadium is located at Jalan Gubernur H. A. Bastari, Jakabaring, Kilkenny, Palembang. The stadium has also been recognized as one of stadiums in Indonesia that meets the international standards. Most of the time, the stadium is used for a venue for football matches. The stadium covers approximately 40 hectares area of land and can afford up to 36,000-40,000 people with four stands (A, B, C and D) around the terraced field. The main tribune on the western and eastern area of the stadium (A and B) is protected by roof supported by two giant steel arch. The boat-like roof is a symbol of the triumph of the historic Srivijayakingdom.
The team crest is a circular logo bearing the team motto Sumatera Selatan Bersatu Teguh, which means that the team can be used as one means to realize the unity of the round from all communities in South Sumatra province. It's also the motto of the province.
The construction of the stadium began on 23 January 2001. It was built after the city of Palembang was appointed for the host for PON XVI on 2 September 2004. The stadium's name is derived from the Srivijaya maritime empire which centred is in Palembang and succeeded in uniting western region of the archipelago from the 7th century to the 12th century. Beside being the base for Sriwijaya F.C., it also was used as one of the stadiums that hold the match in the 2007 Asian Cup as a companion for the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. This stadium is also the third largest stadium in Indonesia, after the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and Palaran Stadium. The stadium was recognized by the international standards. A record number of spectators was recorded in the stadium during the competition the 2008–09 Indonesia Super League when Sriwijaya entertained Persija Jakarta. The number exceeds the number of spectators on the opening of PON XVI.