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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 centre 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 eighth largest football stadium in the world.[4]

Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil
National Stadium Bukit Jalil 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup final.jpg
The stadium during 2014 AFF Championship.
LocationBukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Coordinates3°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
OwnerMalaysian Government
OperatorNational Sports Complex
Field size105 by 68 m (344 by 223 ft)
SurfaceCow Grass pitch
ScoreboardLED Panel by Samsung
Opened11 September 1996
Renovated1 January 1998
July 2017
Expanded1 January 1998
Construction costRM800 million[2]
ArchitectArkitek FAA
Weidleplan Consulting Gmbh
Schlaich Bergermann Partner
Populous (2017 renovation)
Main contractorsUEM Group
Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (2017 renovation)
Malaysia national football team

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 FA Cup, 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 louvres 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]



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 21st 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 facilitiesEdit

The stadium is equipped with the following facilities:[11]

  • 105 m x 68 m cow 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 usesEdit

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 sporting eventsEdit


See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Bukit Jalil National Stadium - Malaysia | Football Tripper". Football Tripper. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "National Sport Complex". Archived from the original on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  4. ^ "The Largest Football (Soccer) Stadiums In The World". WorldAtlas. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia - National Stadium".
  6. ^ "KL to be main venue for 2017 SEA Games". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  7. ^ "National Stadium, Bukit Jalil (Kuala Lumpur, 1997) | Structurae". Structurae. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  8. ^ "MRCB's subsidiary hands over Project 1 of KL Sports City - Business News | The Star Online". Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  9. ^ "KL Sports City Rejuvenated And Ready To Host The South East Asian Games | POPULOUS". POPULOUS. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Supplemental pact for 2nd phase of KL Sports City project delayed - Business News | The Star Online". Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia - Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex". Archived from the original on 3 December 2014.
  12. ^ Return Journey to Kuala Lumpur Retrieved at 8 June 2014
  13. ^ "Arsenal to undertake pre-season tour of Malaysia and China this July". 24 May 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
Preceded by
Centennial Stadium
  Victoria, Canada
Host of the
Commonwealth Games

Succeeded by
City of Manchester Stadium
  Manchester, United Kingdom
Preceded by
Premier League Asia Trophy

Succeeded by
Rajamangala Stadium
  Bangkok, Thailand

Coordinates: 3°3′16.8″N 101°41′28.2″E / 3.054667°N 101.691167°E / 3.054667; 101.691167