Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium

Coordinates: 4°55′44.5″N 114°56′43.6″E / 4.929028°N 114.945444°E / 4.929028; 114.945444
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Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium
Stadium Negara Hassanal Bolkiah
The interior of the stadium in 2017
LocationBandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
OwnerYouth and Sports Department, Brunei
OperatorYouth and Sports Department, Brunei
Broke groundAugust 1980; 43 years ago (1980-08)
Opened23 September 1983; 40 years ago (1983-09-23)
Renovated1992, 1999, 2021–2023
Construction costS$100 million
ArchitectSAA Partnership
Brunei national football team

Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. It is currently used mostly for association football matches. The stadium holds 28,000 and was opened on 23 September 1983. It was named after Bruneian Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.


Unusually for a public building in Brunei, members of the public donated and contributed towards the building of the stadium. Although the final collection of $1,102,761.57 accounted for a little more than 1.1 percent of the total building cost ($100 million), the public participation showed the Bruneians' great interest and support for this project. The entire project cost for the stadium is about $100 million.


The stadium is 850 feet (260 m) long and 632 feet (193 m) wide.[2] It can accommodate 30,000 spectators, which includes 110 seats for the royalties, 500 for the VIPs, and 3,000 in the grandstand section.[3] It has four light towers — each is 198 feet (60 m) high and equipped with 108 2-kilowatt metal-halide lamps.[4] The grandstand is covered with aluminium roofs which have a total length of 198 feet (60 m) and a total width of 135 feet (41 m).[2] The parking spaces can accommodate 2,785 private vehicles and 158 buses.[3] The building is oriented in north-south direction with the grandstand located at the western section.[2] It has a football field which fulfills FIFA standards, as well as the running track which fulfills IAAF standards.[2] The stadium has a videomatrix scoreboard located at the northern section; it can display both Latin and Jawi writing.[4]


It was opened on 23 September 1983, the date was chosen to celebrate the 69th birthday of Bolkiah's father and predecessor Omar Ali Saifuddien III. On the evening of the opening day, a friendly football match was played between the Brunei national football team and an invited English Football League team, Sheffield United. Despite the jet lag and the humid weather, Sheffield United won 1–0. The next day another match was held between United and a Brunei invited team which ended in a 1–1 draw.[5]


The stadium is currently being renovated since 2021 and was expected to be completed in the middle of 2022.[6] Home matches for the national football team were held at the Track & Field Sports Complex instead.

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  1. ^ "Stadium Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah - Soccerway".
  2. ^ a b c d Jabatan Kebajikan, Belia dan Sukan 1983, p. 24.
  3. ^ a b Jabatan Kebajikan, Belia dan Sukan 1983, p. 23.
  4. ^ a b Jabatan Kebajikan, Belia dan Sukan 1983, p. 25.
  5. ^ National Stadium celebrates its 25th year Archived 2009-02-14 at the Wayback Machine The Brunei Times, 26 October 2008
  6. ^ "National stadium's renovation to be completed next year". Borneo Bulletin. 25 March 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  • Jabatan Kebajikan, Belia dan Sukan (1983). Stadium Negara Hassanal Bolkiah (in Malay). Jabatan Kebajikan, Belia dan Sukan.
Preceded by Southeast Asian Games Athletics competitions
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Succeeded by

4°55′44.5″N 114°56′43.6″E / 4.929028°N 114.945444°E / 4.929028; 114.945444