ISKANDAR PUTERI: Six-time Malaysian Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) has officially moved into their new home, the 35,000-seater Sultan Ibrahim Stadium.
The stadium, which cost more than RM200mil to build, was officiated by Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar on Saturday (Feb 22) night.
Also present was Permaisuri of Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah.
Previously, the Southern Tigers played their home games at Larkin Stadium in Johor Baru and starting from this year, JDT would be playing their matches at the state-of-the-art brand new Sultan Ibrahim Stadium.
JDT owner Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said that the club has grown by leaps and bounds and the launch of the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium marked yet another historic chapter for JDT.
"The past seven years have been amazing both on and off the pitch for JDT and the opening of this Sultan Ibrahim Stadium marks another feather in the cap of the Southern Tigers.
"As a club, JDT has come a long way since its inception in 2013 where now, we have successfully overcome the norm in Malaysian football, strived to set new benchmarks that have inevitably raised standards and challenged boundaries on the international front, ” he said.
Owned by JDT, the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium sits on 28,000ha land that also houses the club’s headquarters.
Plans for an adjacent state-of-the-art training centre for all JDT teams, seniors to Under-12, is also in the pipeline.
The Sultan Ibrahim Stadium is the first football-only stadium with natural grass in Malaysia.
The pitch is laid with the tried and tested Zeon Zoysia grass and has a drainage system that prevents water logging.
It has a seating capacity of over 35,000 spectators, including eight specially themed corporate boxes to suit various hospitality needs.
British singer and X-Factor winner Leona Lewis also performed during the grand opening in front of thousands of JDT fans.
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