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Check Out The Proposed New Features For Shah Alam Stadium

Check Out The Proposed New Features For Shah Alam Stadium

The existing structures will be torn down to resolve the flash flood issue in the stadium.

Adeline Leong

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Back in July, it was announced that the Selangor government had appointed the Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) to refurbish Shah Alam Stadium and the surrounding sporting facility for RM787 million.

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the new stadium design is inspired by the Ajax Amsterdam stadium (Johan Cruyff Arena).

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The Star reported that the Shah Alam Stadium would be demolished soon to make way for a new state-of-the-art complex. However, no date has yet been announced for the demolition of both Shah Alam Stadium and the Malawati Indoor Stadium.

MRCB group managing director Imran Salim said the existing structures would be torn down to resolve the flash flood issue in the stadium. A new moveable pitch will be built instead.

The new stadium design also aims to resolve traffic issues and provide a more usable space in the form of green recreational areas to draw more visitors from the local community.

The proposed new stadium features

The stadium can also be converted for indoor and outdoor use with a movable pitch. It’ll be able to accommodate between 35,000 and 45,000 spectators.

The new pitch will sit within the stadium bowl with a fixed roof on a raised platform. It’ll have its own irrigation system, which will negate the use of surface drainage. This also allows spectators to be closer to the action on the pitch.

Currently, the proposal doesn’t include a track for athletics events but the open spaces around the complex might be able to accommodate such events in the future.

Imran added that the stadium would be football-centric, and they’ll aim to obtain Fifa certification to be an international tournament stadium.

Outside the stadium, there would be wide walkways, open green areas, shaded access to different modes of transportation, retail space and other sports and multi-use facilities to bring in visitors and make the venue self-sustaining.

The stadium will be run on a revenue model instead of relying on government budget, as the goal is commercialisation to ensure sustainability.

MRCB group managing director Imran Salim

The final specifications of the new stadium still depend on discussions with the Selangor government.

Imran explained that the entire process – finalising final details, assessing the cost and getting approvals from relevant bodies – could take three to four years.


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