THE Shah Alam Stadium will be closed for three months from Dec 1 to March 1, 2014 for upgrading works.
Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) said the move was to improve the facilities for the comfort of football teams and spectators.
Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan recently visited the stadium to inspect its condition with stadium manager Jamsari Khamin.
Mohd Jaafar said this was the second phase of upgrading works, which includes replacing more than 500 roof tiles, replacing grass on the damaged parts of the field with the seashore paspalum variety, upgrading the changing rooms and the toilet there, repairing the public address system and two generator sets.
“We have budgetted RM2.4mil for the upgrading works and the cost will be borne by the Selangor government because the stadium is a state asset,” said the mayor.
“The city council manages the stadium on behalf of the state and we bear the operation costs while the state bears the capital expenditure,” he added.
The first phase, which cost RM3.4mil, was carried out in early 2011 where tiles were replaced and grass replanted.
There are plans to install CCTVs in the third phase.
“We are also looking for sponsors. Maybe one day we can have a giant display screen.
“We want this stadium to be a tourist attraction. We welcome vendors but they must keep the place clean,” said Mohd Jaafar.
The stadium was first opened on July 16, 1994.
It is 14,400 sq m in size and can seat 80,000 people.
There are 6,600 parking bays for cars and 3,552 for motorcycles.
Aside from the Shah Alam Stadium, MBSA also supervises other sports facilities in the state capital including the Malawati Stadium, Darul Ehsan Aquatic Centre and the Extreme Park.