Monday, March 16, 2009


Serangoon Stadium, Singapore

A bit of a trek from the nearest MRT but right on a crossroads so easy peasy lemon squeezy by bus, Serangoon Stadium is your typical bog standard Singapore sports stadium. One main stand where you can get to sit on grey concrete and a running track round the pitch.
No Sleague teams play here but there will be National Football League fixtures most weekends. Perhaps even double headers as when I was there.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Gelora Sriwijaya, Jakabaring, Palembang

This new stadium was built for the Indonesian Games a few years back and is one of the better ones in the country. It has been used for Asian Cup games when Bahrain one of the group games was played here back in 2007.
Two sides are covered ish. Meaning the roof is high and slender protecting the people at the back but that's about it. The rest get wet!
Capacity is perhaps 30-35,000.
The stadium is used by ISL side Sriwijaya who won the Cup/League double in 2007 and they often draw crowds in excess of 20,000.
Getting there is a piece of piss. There are only about six roads in the city of Palembang and all of them eventually lead to the Ampera Bridge. Cross that bridge and keep heading south, you won't miss it on your left.
There is only one exit/entrance to the car park round the stadium so getting in/out takes an age especially as there is no regulated traffic flow and people just park where they want!
A contender for World Cup 2022 if Indonesia wins the bid...


Monday, March 9, 2009


Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur

This stadium was purpose built for Malaysia's independance from England back in 1957. Since then it has been the host venue for the Merdeka Cup, Ali v Bugner, Michael Jackson and someone called Avril Lavignie.
Now sits in dotage basking in it's memories when it grabbed centre stage 50 odd years ago. Football's main venue now is Bukit Jalil or Shah Alam in Selangor.
For the history buff or soppy old romantic the stadium backs on to Maharajalela Monorail Station.


Sunday, March 1, 2009


PTIK Stadium, Blok M, Jakarta

Not really a stadium you're likely to get to, this Police owned stadium has lights, a main stand and a great location near some of the best bars in Jakarta.
Opposite the main stand is a block of flats where local bobbies live!
Occassionally used for training, the odd friendly and by a side on the local expat league the Jakarta International Football League


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