Bung Karno Stadium

Coordinates: 6°13′6.88″S 106°48′9.04″E / 6.2185778°S 106.8025111°E / -6.2185778; 106.8025111

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, officially Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (Stadion Utama Gelora Bung karno, formerly Gelora Senayan Main Stadium) is a multi-use stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta, Indonesia. It is named after Sukarno, Indonesia's first President. It is mostly used for football matches.


Although the stadium is popularly known as Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Stadion Gelora Bung Karno), its official name is Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno), as there are other stadiums in the Gelora Bung Karno complex, such as the Tennis Stadium and the Swimming Stadium. During the New Order era under the "de-Sukarno-ization" policy by President Suharto, the complex was renamed "Gelora Senayan" which also changes the name of the main stadium.


Construction began on the stadium on February 8, 1960 and finished on July 21, 1962.' in time to host the fourth Asian Games held in Jakarta in 1962. Its construction was partially funded through a special loan from the Soviet Union. The stadium's original capacity of 100,800 people was reduced to 88,083 as a result of renovations for the 2007 Asian Cup. It is divided into 24 sectors and 12 entrances, and into upper and lower stands. The special feature of this stadium is the huge steel roof construction that forms a gigantic ring called temu gelang (joined ring). Other than to shades the spectators in all sectors from the heat of tropical sun, the purpose of this giant ring construction is also to emphasize the grandeur of the stadium.

The stadium is part of a complex which includes:

  • Stadion Madya, a secondary open stadium with a capacity of 20,000
  • Istora (Istana Olahraga), an indoor gymnasium with a capacity of 10,000, can be used as badminton, volleyball or basketball court
  • An aquatics arena with a capacity of 8,000
  • A tennis stadium with a capacity of 5,000
  • A smaller indoor gymnasium with a capacity of 3,500
  • A softball field with an unknown capacity
  • An archery field
  • A hockey field
Sport events

Bung Karno Stadium hosted the 2007 Asian Cup Final between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Other competitions held there are several Tiger Cup finals and domestic cup finals.

  • Host for the 1962 Asian Games (1962)
  • Host for SEA Games (1979, 1987 and 1997)
  • Host for the 1989 Sudirman Cup
  • Joint Host for the 2002 Tiger Cup with Singapore
  • Host for the ASEAN Club Championship 2003
  • Host for the 2004 Tiger Cup first leg Semifinal match between Indonesia and Malaysia and first the leg final match between Indonesia vs Singapore
  • Host for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup for Group D matches, the Quarter Final and the final between Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
  • Host for 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup for Group A matches, 2 semifinal matches against Philippines, and 2nd-Leg Final match Indonesia and Malaysia
  • Pour, Julius (2004) (in Indonesian), Dari Gelora Bung Karno ke Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta: Grasindo, ISBN 978-979-732-444-5. 
External Links
  • Pusat Pengelolaan Komplek Gelora Bung Karno - Official Website

Building Activity

  • Erwin Elias
    Erwin Elias commented
    The stadion was completed in 1961 to host the first Games of Emerging Nation (Ganefo) by President Soekarno. Ganefo itself was one of Indonesia initiatives to take lead in the non block movement during the cold war era.
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    about 5 years ago via OpenBuildings.com