New stadiums: Kota Kinabalu and Selayang

source: StadiumDB.com

New stadiums: Kota Kinabalu and Selayang Malaysia may not be the very first country springing to mind, when you think of football passion. Yet this country sees thousands travelling for a single away game, which made us think it’s worth a closer look. Thus today’s additions to the database!

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Stadium Likas

Stadium Likas

Located almost at the heart of Kota Kinabalu (capital of the Sabah Province), this stadium initially had only 200 capacity, but was completely rebuilt in 2001, ahead of the half-a-million-city hosting the 2002 Malaysian Games.

With capacity set at 35,000 people (although only 20,000 in all-seater mode), the ground is largest throughout Sabah and among Malaysia’s more significant venues. Weekly use is provided by largest club locally, Sabah FA. Apart from football also rugby and athletic events are held here.

The name Likas comes from the district it’s located in, between the sea and business district.

Stadium MPS

Stadium MPS

Located in Selayang (northern outskirts of the Kuala Lumpur metropolis), the stadium serves mostly for football at national stage. Though able to hold some 10,000 people, it’s rarely used completely, most crowds are a lot smaller. Anchor tenant is the Sime Darby FC, but the club also uses other venues.

The stands have an unusual setting, due to plot being constrained by local roads. Half of the southern curve and both northern corners couldn’t be fitted and were left empty.

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