Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Find New Stadium or You're Out

Three clubs have been told they must find a new stadium or they won't be allowed to participate in the new Super Liga in Indonesia starting in July.

Persita, Persitara and PSMS have been given warning they need to get serious about a venue because their current homes are inadequate.

Persita Tangerang, who have used Benteng Stadium, have drawn up a list of four alternatives. Lebak Bulus, Bung Karno, both in Jakarta, Jalak Harupat in Soreang and Siliwangi in Bandung.

Persitara Jakarta North are considering Lebak Bulus but I understand there is a reluctance to move there in some quarters. They would also like to use Bung Karno in Senayan.

The whole stadium issue shows clearly the dearth of adequate facilities in the country for hosting major sporting events and the crying need for a string of quality stadiums. Governments assure people they are determined to develop a ground, usually at election time, only for the promise to be forgotten when they find out how much money is in the pot.

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