KL Sports City gears up for SEA Games

07 August, 2017

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Malaysia’s KL Sports City at Bukit Jalil has been rejuvenated and the world class sporting complex is ready to host the South East Asia (SEA) Games.

Populous and MRCB, a leading Malaysian urban property and infrastructure company, worked together on KL Sports City with a shared vision for the precinct’s redevelopment. Originally opened in 1998 for the Commonwealth Games, the upgrade and transformation provides an exciting, world class venue for sporting excellence.

The team also considered the project to be a very special opportunity to create a co-ordinated and liveable sports city by adapting, updating and linking the existing facilities, effectively placing sport and recreation at the centre of family life, giving the community a sustainable sporting precinct year-round.

KL Sports City is set to be the focal point for this year’s SEA Games, taking place between the 19 and 31 August, 2017.

The largest stadium in South East Asia, Bukit Jalil can seat 87,000 people and has previously held major events including the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the 2007 Asian Cup (soccer) and exhibition matches with Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.

The re-designed Stadium features a unique façade made from a series of vertical louvers that have been twisted in response to climatic conditions, offering sun shading and encouraging natural ventilation to the concourse without completely obscuring the original iconic skeleton of the stadium.

LED lights have been integrated into the louvers, allowing digitally based animations, advertisements and branding to flow over the three dimensional façade;

Recently renamed Axiata Arena, the well-known Putra Indoor Stadium has 11,000 permanent and 2,232 retractable seats, making it a flexible space for indoor sports and events.

The upgrades include: a new Contemporary Façade to cover the existing building and offer a new lobby and entrance space; complete replacement of all seats and a new retractable seating platform; new suites and corporate facilities which increases the number of corporate and VIP seating to 500.

Comprising an Olympic standard swimming pool, warm-up areas and diving pool, the Aquatics Centre has a distinct shaded fabric roof, open to natural ventilation with views to the landscape beyond. The recent redesign and upgrades include a replacement of the existing fabric roof at the seating and pool area and upgrades to the VIP lobby space, changing rooms and media facilities.

Home of the Malaysian national men’s and women’s field hockey teams, the National Hockey Stadium seats up to 12,000 people. The recent upgrades include: a new, world-class turf pitch; new sports lighting; installation of advance fire protection systems that comply with global safety standards and precinct enhancements.