KL Sports City to be ready for SEA Games 2017
Built just in time for SEA Games 2017, Stadium Malaysia Corporation CEO Azman Fahmi Osman told The Star that the project is 30% completed and works are on schedule.
Not exactly a new landmark, the Kuala Lumpur Sports City is replacing the Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex and upgrading the interiors with world-class facilities. The KL Sports City will be a world-class integrated sports city accessible by athlete, club and community participants 24 hours a day. This new landmark will inspire and support generations of Malaysian sporting success.
Phase 1 is scheduled to finish by middle of July next year, in time for the 2017 SEA Games to be hosted by Kuala Lumpur, whereas Phase 2 is expected to commence in early 2018. On top of KL Sports City, upgrading works will also be carried out on Stadium Putra, the National Aquatic Centre and the National Hockey Stadium.
The upgrade also involves improving integration with public transportation links and expanding pedestrian access across the site. There will also be public jogging and cycling tracks. The whole project is expected to complete by 2021.
This second phase will see the creation of Kuala Lumpur Sports City – a fully-integrated sports hub that will consist of new, world-class infrastructure including high-performance sports training facilities, a sports rehabilitation science centre, youth park, public sports facilities, sports museum, youth hostel, convention centre and a sports-focused retail mall. There will also be meticulously planned commercial, retail and residential areas ensuring that KL Sports City offers a sustainable, long-term legacy and will encourage community participation 12 months of the year.
Azman said it would include changing the facade of the Bukit Jalil National Stadium through the installation of 600 blades with LED lights, for an amazing facelift.