Monday, February 23, 2009


Sriwedari Stadium, Solo

Located right on Solo's main street, the name of which eludes me, but it's the one with the railway running down it, Sriwedari Stadium has been replaced by the Manahan Stadium as the home base of Persis. But with the newer stadium being renovated, this old lady has been hosting a few home games.
Never been to a game here myself, I have visited it twice, the first time in 1991 and more latterly 12 months ago. I guess I really need to see a game here before they knock it down.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Jalak Harupat Stadium, Soreang

This stadium is really out in the boonies. Surrounded by mountains and paddy fields it is perhaps the most scenically located stadium certainly in Java.
Despite it's rural location, Soreang is little more than an overgrown village, the stadium is one of the best in the country and has staged Liga play off finals and internationals like Myanmar v Cambodia during last year's AFF Cup.
This season three domestic sides use it as their home base. IPL side Persikab can truly call this their home ground despite it being way too big for their needs. Pelita Jaya have also taken to using it, these pictures were taken from their home game against Persita, and so have local glamour club Persib.
From Bandung you could take an angkot or mini bus but why bother? Hire a car or borrow a taxi for a few hours and enjoy the rural scenery but don't drive yourself. Motorcycles come at you from all angles, it's like that old arcade game Asteroids!


Monday, February 9, 2009


Siliwangi Stadium, Bandung

The main stand at Siliwangi Stadium in Bandung. The last word in luxury it ain't but at least it has individual plastic seats
You can't beat a bit or barbed wire on fences at football stadiums

The terrace where the home fans congregate. For this Indonesian Super League season, 2008/09, Persita and PSMS are using the stadium while Persib play at Jalak Harupat in nearby Soreang.

These images were taken at the game between PSMS and Persik which ended in a 2-1 win for PSMS.



Benteng Stadium, Tangerang

These images come from the recent Indonesian Premier League game between Persikota and PSSB. These place don't have club shops, rather some geezer with a few coat hangers and a bag for loose change.
The main entrance where tickets are sold. This game cost 40,000 rupiah for the main stand called VIP

Empty banks of terracing behind one goal. Away fans, should they come, would be immediately to the right of the main stand just out of shot. There weren't any at this game!
The main terrace that runs round the pitch is half terrace, half grassy bank. It's coloured purple because the principle tenants, Persita, wear that horrendous colour, They share the stadium with Persikota.
Actually for the time being Persita play in Bandung while Benteng Stadium gets fitted with some floodlights.

The home end with a prominent blue mosque behind the goal.
Tangerang is an industrial overspill to Jakarta, separarted politically but connect by transport and residents many of whom live there and work in Jakarta. The best way to get to the stadium is by taxi...Blue Bird or Silver Birds are the best and usually the most reliable.
Match comments can be found here while action shots can be found here


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