Tuesday, November 27, 2012


New Stadium For Persija?

Jakarta will being construction of a “world-class” football stadium for the capital’s Persija football club next year, Governor Joko Widodo said on Monday. 

The Rp 1.05 trillion ($109 million) stadium will be constructed in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, and is expected to near completion in 2014. The football club has been without its own stadium since its old Mentang location was demolished six years ago. 

“We’ll begin preparations for the construction next year, and expect to complete it in two years. It will be a world-class stadium,” Joko said at the City Hall on Monday.

The complex will be constructed on a 6.6 hectare plot of land and is planned to include a part and a man-made lake, Joko said. The construction costs will be spread across the 2013 and 2014 city budgets. 

“The stadium will be able to accommodate 50,000 people. We expect it to be an icon of Jakarta,” Joko said.

Joko first revealed his plan to build the stadium for Persija last month, but was unsure whether the plan could be implemented as early as next year.

Persija’s old stadium in Menteng, Central Jakarta, was demolished six years ago. Menteng Park now lies in the lot that once held the football stadium.

SOURCE Jakarta Globe 

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