Bukit Jalil National Stadium

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Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil
ستاديوم ناسيونل بوكيت جليل
National Stadium Bukit Jalil 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup final.jpg
The stadium during the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Final, second leg
Former names Stadium National 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[1]
Surface Grass pitch
Scoreboard Sony
Broke ground 1 January 1992
Built 1 January 1995
Opened 11 September 1996[2]
Renovated 1 January 1998
Expanded 1 January 1998
Construction cost RM800 Million
Malaysia national football team
2008 ASEAN University Games
2006 FESPIC Games
2015 ASEAN Civil Service Games
2017 Southeast Asian Games

The Bukit Jalil 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 an 87,411[3] capacity all-seater multi-purpose stadium. It was officially inaugurated by the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, on 1 January 1998 ahead of the 1998 Commonwealth Games and staged the Games' opening ceremony.[4][3]

View of the stadium


The stadium was built on 1 January 1995 to host the 1998 Commonwealth Games. It finished exactly on 1 January 1998. After the 1998 Commonwealth Games 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, 2008 ASEAN University Games and 2006 FESPIC Games.

Bukit Jalil National Stadium's capacity makes it the 24th largest stadium in the world and the 2nd largest football stadium in the world. It is also the largest stadium in Southeast Asia. It was built by United Engineers Malaysia, Bhd and designed by Arkitek FAA. It was 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. 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:[5]

  • 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]


See also[edit]


Preceded by
Centennial Stadium
Canada Victoria, Canada
Host of the
Commonwealth Games

Succeeded by
City of Manchester Stadium
United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Preceded by
Premier League Asia Trophy

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