THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) Stadium in Pandan Perdana is now open.
More than 5,000 people turned up to witness the launch of the facility, making MPAJ the last local council in Selangor to have a stadium of its own.
Launching the RM23mil stadium was Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who hoped that it would become a sports hub for the area.
“As the most advanced state in the country, we must keep up in terms of infrastructure and technology.
“The stadium could also serve as a community platform that strengthens unity through sports activities,” he said.
There were various activities including a silat flash mob, marching band performance as well as friendly matches for sepak takraw, archery and 4x100m races.
Construction of the stadium started at the end of 2015 and took 18 months to complete.
The stadium has a 400m synthetic race track spanning a 6,090sqm and 8,670sqm synthetic football turf.
Installed in November, the race track uses US brand Spurtan BV or the dual layer sandwich system with a thickness of 14mm and an elastic effect on the track.
It is recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federation and can be used for high jump, long jump, triple jump and hurdle events.
Meanwhile, the artificial turf football field uses the German-made Ligaturf Legend 260, a sand-and-rubber turf that is 100% polyethylene to achieve maximum rebound capacity.
The turf is made to look like natural grass and has received accreditation from world football governing body, FIFA.
There are 1,100 seats for spectators.
Also present were state Housing, Building Management and Urban Living Committee chairman Iskandar Abdul Samad, Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs Committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi, Youth Development, Sports, Cultural and Entrepreneurship Development Committee chairman Amirudin Shari and MPAJ president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain.