Malaysia: State-of-the-art project in partnership with FIFA
source: StadiumDB.com; author: Kuba Kowalski
Football in Asia is constantly evolving, and the Football Confederation there is also betting on increasing the number of latest-generation facilities. One of these will be an arena in Putrajaya, whose design has been confirmed by Gianni Infantino himself.
In the latter part of October, a meeting between the FIFA president and Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who is the president of the Asian Football Association, took place in Kuala Lumpur - the capital of Malaysia. During the ceremony, the groundwork to prepare the site for the new facility was started. The presence of delegates from the international organisation was proof of the cooperation between several federations.
Indeed, the finalisation of the stadium's construction will be split between several entities. Funding from the FIFA Forward programme is expected to be a big help in realising the project. Such a move will potentially strengthen the ambitions of the AFC and support the member federations. The land seized for the development will cover 50,000 m² and the capacity of AFC Stadium will equal to 10,000 seats.
The arena will be located 30 km from the headquarters of the Asian Football Federation, and the purchased land will include a fully equipped grandstand, a boulevard for fans as well as an atrium, administrative offices and underground parking. Fans, meanwhile, are to be greeted by a fountain, which will be located at the entrance to the stadium. In addition, plans include a cafeteria, a leading media stand and a room for commentators. Members of the organisation are calling the facility "state-of-the-art", which will meet all current standards and will not differ in performance from European arenas.
Getting to the games played there will be easy for fans thanks to the favourable location near the airport. Conditions at the stadium will therefore allow it to host national teams or Asian Champions League matches, for example. It is not known at this point whether the venue will become the home of any of the neighbouring clubs. No dates have been given for the various stages of construction or its completion either.