Iconic Shah Alam Stadium Set for Demolition

Malaysia’s iconic Shah Alam Stadium, once the largest football venue in the country, is set to be demolished as part of a RM787 million (US$165 million) project. The initiative aims to replace the aging stadium with a state-of-the-art “multipurpose mega sports complex.” Built in 1994 and boasting an 80,000-seat capacity, the stadium served as the home for the Selangor Red Giants Football Club. However, over the years, a lack of maintenance led to its deterioration.

Malaysia Resources Corporation (MRCB) and Menteri Besar Selangor Inc (MBI) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to redevelop the 760,000-sq m site, with an estimated RM35 million (US$7.35 million) earmarked for the demolition phase alone. Pre-demolition works, including the installation of hoardings, are expected to be completed within the next three months.

The task of dismantling the six-level stadium structure will be entrusted to MCRB subsidiary Lembaran Prospek. The demolition process is scheduled to commence in June 2024, with completion anticipated by mid-2025. The Chief Minister of Selangor State, Amirudin Shari, emphasized a commitment to complying with local authorities’ requirements to control potential air, noise, and vibration pollution during demolition. While ruling out explosive demolition, Shari assured that detailed measures would be communicated to relevant parties throughout the demolition period.

The ambitious redevelopment project envisions the Shah Alam Sports Complex, incorporating sports and youth facilities, a theatre, and a recreational park. The final construction phase, slated for 2028 to 2029, will witness the addition of an integrated transport hub and a hotel. The move marks a significant step toward revitalizing the sporting infrastructure in Selangor, ensuring that the legacy of the Shah Alam Stadium lives on in a modern and versatile sports complex.

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