Shah Alam Stadium

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Shah Alam Stadium
Stadium Shah Alam
Shah Alam Stadium.JPG
LocationShah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
OwnerState Government of Selangor
OperatorDarul Ehsan Facilities Management Sdn. Bhd.
Capacity80,372[1]
SurfaceSeashore paspalum grass pitch
Track
Construction
Broke ground1 January 1990
Opened16 July 1994
Construction costRM480 million
ArchitectHijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn. Bhd.
Tenants
Selangor FA (1994–2016),(2018-present)
PKNS F.C. (2017–present)
PDRM FA (2018–present)

The Shah Alam Stadium (Malay: Stadium Shah Alam) is a multi-purpose stadium located in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. It is used mostly for football matches but also has facilities for athletics. The stadium is the home of Selangor FA and PKNS F.C., and has a capacity of 80,372.[1]

History[edit]

Construction began on 1 January 1990, and the stadium was officially opened on 16 July 1994, when Dundee United played a Selangor FA selection in the first game of an invitational tournament, drawing 1–1. The first goal at the stadium was scored by Billy McKinlay. Other teams in the tournament were Bayern Munich, Leeds United, the Australian Olympic team "Olyroos", and Flamengo (who won the tournament).

The stadium is situated in the eastern part of Shah Alam. The Shah Alam Stadium, which consists of huge six level semi-enclosed spaces, is the largest stadium in Selangor State. It was the biggest stadium in Malaysia before the completion of the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. The frame structure is the longest free-standing arc in the world. Constructed with the latest technology, it is now a popular venue for world class sport events. The stadium was designed by a well known Malaysian Architect, Hijjaz Kasturi.

The stadium has around 5,500 car bays in parking lots surrounding the stadium. The stadium has become the major landmark in Shah Alam due to its scale and magnificent architecture. Other than sporting facilities, the stadium also has a go-kart racing circuit. Once, Universiti Teknologi MARA's (UiTM) Faculty of Performing Arts occupied a portion of the stadium as its faculty building prior to the completion of the Puncak Perdana Satellite Campus of the University.

In 2011, RM 3.4 million was spent to renovate the stadium to upgrade the lighting system, roof repairs, new grass for the pitch as well as to replace vandalised seats, improving the sound system, upgrading the dressing rooms, repainting some parts of the stadium, repairing the washrooms as well as other facilities.[2][3]

In 2014, RM 2.4mil was spend for the second phase of upgrading works, which includes replacing more than 500 roof tiles, replacing grass on the damaged parts of the field with the seashore paspalum variety, upgrading the changing rooms and the toilet there, repairing the public address system and two generator sets. The cost will be borne by the Selangor government.

The Shah Alam Stadium again is under renovation in 2016 and completed and fully operational in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) match between Selangor and Kedah on April 5.

The process of replacing the field with ‘cow grass’ including replacing the soil below the grass, which costs about RM200,000, will be completed on March 19.

Lighting system are also upgraded from 1,200 lux to 2,000 lux.

The home of the Red Giants was temporarily closed since last December 2015.

Shah Alam Stadium is currently the home stadium for Selangor FA (Red Giants) and PKNS FC who play in Malaysia's top division – the Super League (the Premier League is new-speak for the Second Division / Championship). The field size for the stadium was according to FIFA rules which is 105 x 68.

City Karting Enterprise[edit]

In the carpark outside the stadium, City Karting Enterprise operates a kart track with all equipment available for hire. The enterprise is run by former Asian Formula 2000 Champion driver Ng Wai Leong.

The Amazing Race Asia[edit]

Shah Alam Stadium was featured in a challenge in the first leg of The Amazing Race Asia 1 where teams had to ride go-karts around the circuit.

Matches[edit]

Exhibition match[edit]

On 29 July 2008, an exhibition match was played between the Malaysia Select team and Chelsea. The match ended in a 2–0 win for the English side, courtesy of goals from Nicolas Anelka and Ashley Cole. Fellow Premier League club Arsenal took on a Malaysia XI team on 13 July 2011, as part of the club's Asia Tour.[4]

2014 AFF Championship[edit]

Match between Malaysia and Vietnam during the AFF Championship in 2014.

The semi-final match between Malaysia and Vietnam was held here on the 1st leg tie. The score ended 1–2 to away team. Safiq Rahim scores a brace from a penalty spot.

Malaysia Cup[edit]

The 2011 and 2015 edition of the Malaysia Cup was held at Shah Alam Stadium. In the 2015 Malaysia Cup, it was considered as a home advantage for Shah Alam Stadium tenants, Selangor FA. The match was also considered as a déjà vu of the 2015 Malaysia Cup. Again in 2018 Malaysia Cup final between Kedah vs Terangganu has been held in this stadium. The game was won by Kedah FA in panalty shootout.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b <info@cuti.my>, NB Travel. "Cuti Malaysia - Selangor". Cuti.my.
  2. ^ "Shah Alam Stadium closed for renovation". Selangortimes.com. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. ^ "More upgrading works at Shah Alam Stadium to kick off in Dec — Community — The Star Online". Thestar.com.my. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 3°4′56.1″N 101°32′41.8″E / 3.082250°N 101.544944°E / 3.082250; 101.544944