Bukit Jalil National Stadium

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Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil
ستاديوم ناسيونل بوكيت جليل
Bukit Jalil National Stadium.jpg
The redesigned interior of the stadium.
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
Public transit  SP17  Bukit Jalil LRT station
Owner Malaysian Government
Operator National Sports Complex
Capacity 87,411[1]
Surface Grass pitch
Track
Scoreboard LED Panel by Samsung
Construction
Opened 11 September 1996
Renovated 1 January 1998
July 2017
Expanded 1 January 1998
Construction cost RM800 million[2]
Architect Arkitek FAA
Weidleplan Consulting Gmbh
Schlaich Bergermann Partner
Populous (2017 renovation)
Main contractors UEM Group
Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (2017 renovation)
Tenants
Malaysia national football team

The Bukit Jalil National Stadium (Malay: Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil) in Bukit Jalil, located in the National Sports Complex to the south of the city center of Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur, all-seater multi-purpose stadium and the home ground of the Malaysian national football team. With a capacity of 87,411[3], it is the largest in Southeast Asia and the ninth largest football stadium in the world[4].

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 opening ceremony.[3][5] Since then, it has also became the main venue for other international multi-sport events such as the 2001 Southeast Asian Games and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games[6], and nowadays host most Malaysian international football matches, national level football competition finals such as the Malaysia Cup, athletic events and music concerts.

It was built alongside other sport venues in the National Sports Complex by United Engineers Malaysia, and designed by Arkitek FAA, Weidleplan Consulting GMBH and Schlaich Bergermann Partner. A membrane structure is used for the roof, and the most of the materials used were reinforced concrete.[7] Before the stadium was opened, Stadium Merdeka was the national stadium of Malaysia.

The stadium, along with the National Sports Complex, is currently undergoing a major renovation at a combined cost of RM1.34 billion[8] as a part of KL Sports City project in 2 phases. Project 1 (Phase 1) has been completed ahead and for the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, with a new Populous-designed facade that covers the exterior of the stadium with twisted vertical louvers which are also LED-lighted[9], as well as recolouring the seats to a yellow-black design and upgraded facilities. After the 2017 ASEAN Para Games, Project 2 (Phase 2) will commence, and will add a retractable roof, retractable seats, comfort ventilation and new sports and lifestyle facilities.[10]

History[edit]

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, 2006 FESPIC Games, 2008 ASEAN University Games and 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

Bukit Jalil National Stadium's capacity makes it the 21 largest stadium in the world and the 9th largest football stadium in the world. 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.

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:[11]

  • 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
  • Individual "paddles" containing LED pixels at the seats

Other uses[edit]

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

Major events[edit]

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Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

1998
Succeeded by
City of Manchester 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