Shah Alam Stadium

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 officially home of Red Giants, Selangor F.C. since 16 July 1994, and has a capacity of 80,372.[1]

Shah Alam Stadium
Stadium Shah Alam
Shah Alam Stadium aerial view.jpg
LocationShah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
OwnerState Government of Selangor
OperatorDarul Ehsan Facilities Management Sdn. Bhd.
Capacity80,372[1]
Surfacecowgrass pitch
Track
Construction
Broke ground1 January 1990
Opened16 July 1994
Construction costRM480 million
ArchitectHijjaz Kasturi Associates Sdn. Bhd.
Tenants
Selangor F.C.
PKNS F.C. (2016–2019)

Despite multiple renovation attempts over the years, the stadium is currently in a state of disrepair resulting from long-term neglect in maintenance.[2] In 2020, the Malaysian Football League (MFL) announced that the dilapidated stadium may be barred from hosting Malaysia Super League matches, due to safety reasons arising from the stadium's polycarbonate roof and pitch being in a poor state. The Menteri Besar of Selangor, Amirudin Shari, stated that repairing the stadium may cost up to RM250m.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

HistoryEdit

Shah Alam Stadium is the officially home stadium for Selangor F.C. currently play in Malaysia's top division – the Super League. The field size for the stadium was according to FIFA rules which is 105 x 68m.

This stadium is inspired by Hajduk Split stadium, Poljud in Split, Croatia (built in 1979). Construction began on 1 January 1990, and the stadium was officially opened on 16 July 1994, when Dundee United played a Selangor F.C. 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.[10][11]

In 2014, RM 2.4mil was spent 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 toilets, repairing the public address system and two generator sets. The cost was borne by the Selangor government.

Since December 2015, on several occasions Shah Alam Stadium has been closed for maintenance work.

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

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

The lighting system was also upgraded from 1,200 lux to 2,000 lux.

In early 2020 the home of the Red Giants Selangor F.C., Shah Alam Stadium has closed for major renovation and rebuild work, which is planned to be ready in 2022.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

The Amazing Race AsiaEdit

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.[18]

MatchesEdit

Exhibition matchEdit

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.[19]

2014 AFF ChampionshipEdit

 
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 matchesEdit

1994 Malaysia Cup Final

The first Malaysia Cup Final held at the Shah Alam Stadium was on December 17, 1994 (68th edition) when Singapore FA defeated Pahang FA 4–0. Goals from Abbas Saad (Hat-trick) and Fandi Ahmad became the 4th team to claimed the double, FAM Dunhill Liga Perdana and FAM Dunhill Piala Malaysia after Johor FA in 1991, Pahang FA in 1992, and Kedah FA in 1993. Fandi Ahmad lifted the trophy in front of more than 50,000 Singaporean fans that traveled to the stadium. It was Singapore's FA 24th Malaysia Cup title since their last triumph in 1980.

The 2011-2013 and 2015-2018 editions of the Malaysia Cup were 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 Perak vs Terengganu has been held in this stadium. This game was a dramatic final inducing two red cards for both teams, fighting, and two last-minute goals for Perak. Draw 3-3 after extra time and won by penalty shootout 4-1 for Perak TBG.[20]

Recent tournament resultsEdit

1997 FIFA World Youth ChampionshipEdit

Date Time (UTC+08) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
16 June 1997 21:00   Malaysia 1–3   Morocco Group Stage 25,000
17 June 1997 20:00   Uruguay 3–0   Belgium Group Stage 2,000
19 June 1997 17:30   Malaysia 1–3   Uruguay Group Stage 10,000
19 June 1997 20:00   Morocco 1–1   Belgium Group Stage 8,000
22 June 1997 17:30   Malaysia 0–3   Belgium Group Stage 25,000
22 June 1997 20:00   Morocco 0–0   Uruguay Group Stage 25,000
25 June 1997 17:30   Uruguay 3–0   United States Round of 16 2,500
25 June 1997 20:30   Republic of Ireland 2–1 (a.e.t.)   Morocco Round of 16 3,000
29 June 1997 17:00   Uruguay 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(7–6 pen.)
  France Quarter-finals 9,000
29 June 1997 20:00   Spain 0–1   Republic of Ireland Quarter-finals 9,000
2 July 1997 20:30   Uruguay 3–2 (a.e.t.)   Ghana Semi-finals 15,000
5 July 1997 17:30   Ghana 1–2   Republic of Ireland Third place play-off 28,000
5 July 1997 20:30   Uruguay 1–2   Argentina Final 62,000

2001 Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Date Time (UTC+08) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
13 September 2001   Malaysia 1–0   Myanmar Semi-finals N/A
15 September 2001   Malaysia 0–1   Thailand Final match N/A

2007 AFC U-16 Women's ChampionshipEdit

Date Time (UTC+08) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
14 March 2007 17:00   China PR 1–3   Japan Semi-finals 80
14 March 2007 20:00   North Korea 4–1   South Korea Semi-finals 120

2007 AFC Asian CupEdit

Date Time (UTC+08) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
18 July 2007 20:30   Uzbekistan 3–0   China PR Group Stage 2,200

2017 Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Date Time (UTC+08) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
14 August 2017 20:45   Malaysia 2–1   Brunei Group Stage N/A
15 August 2017 16:00   Indonesia 1–1   Thailand Group Stage N/A
16 August 2017 20:45   Singapore 1–2   Malaysia Group Stage N/A
17 August 2017 16:00   Vietnam 4–1   Cambodia Group Stage N/A
17 August 2017 20:45   Indonesia 3–0   Philippines Group Stage N/A
20 August 2017 20:45   Philippines 0–4   Vietnam Group Stage N/A
21 August 2017 20:45   Malaysia 3–1   Myanmar Group Stage N/A
23 August 2017 20:45   Laos 1–3   Malaysia Group Stage N/A
24 August 2017 16:00   Indonesia 2–0   Cambodia Group Stage N/A
26 August 2017 20:45   Malaysia 1–0   Indonesia Semi-finals N/A
29 August 2017 20:45   Malaysia 0–1   Thailand Gold medal match N/A

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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