Shah Alam Stadium
|Location||Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia|
|Owner||State Government of Selangor|
|Operator||Shah Alam City Council|
|Surface||Seashore paspalum grass pitch
|Broke ground||1 January 1990|
|Opened||16 July 1994|
|Construction cost||RM460 million|
|Selangor FA (1994–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 has a capacity of 80,372.
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.
Shah Alam Stadium is currently the home stadium for Selangor 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
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
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.
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.
2014 AFF Suzuki Championship
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 2008 Malaysia Cup.
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