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Bukit Jalil complex to have new sports city

The National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil that was built for the Commonwealth Games in 1998.

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KUALA LUMPUR — November 3, 2015: Come 2020, the Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex will be transformed into a versatile, modern and easy to maintain sports city.

The project comprising two phases is to enhance the existing facilities to host the 2017 SEA Games, besides generating continuous income from the new facilities.

Phase 1, scheduled from this January to June 2017 will be the upgrading and refurbishing at the 85,000-capacity National Stadium, Hockey Stadium and Aquatic Centre to prepare for the SEA Games Malaysia is hosting.

This includes the upgrading of fire protection system, changing rooms, lifts and escalators, toilets, replacement of cold water pipe system, new PA and sound reinforcement system and rectification of fire safety,” Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) executive director Imran Salim told a media briefing here today.

The major part will commence after the biennial games, from January 2018 to December 2020, to transform the 17-year-old complex into the KL Sports City.

In phase 2, the complex will see tremendous development with a new convention centre, rehabilitation centre, youth park, sports museum and library, hostel for athletes and a sports mall to make the environment more lively attractive to the public, taking the Singapore Sports Hub and London Olympic Stadium as the model.

This phase includes a retractable roof, retractable seats, ventilation and track resurfacing at the national stadium and a 15-km jogging path.

Upon completion, the sports city will create a vibrant hub accessible to athletes, the local community and recreational users.

MRCB has been appointed by the federal government through its subsidiary Rukun Juang Sdn. Bhd. to regenerate the complex into the sports c ity after an open national tender process undertaken by the Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS).

Malaysia Stadium Corporation chief executive officer Azman Fahmi Osman said the corporation would introduce numbered seats and ticketing controls to beef up safety and security.

“A lot of organisers like the free seating concept, it is not good… We will introduce numbered seats, use of specific gates for ticket holders according to the seating area while taking other precautionary steps.”

International stadium experts Populous which designed the Yankee Stadium, London Olympic Stadium, South Korea’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games stadium and the Etihad Stadium expansion project in Manchester has been appointed to design the new project. — Bernama

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