The Shah Alam Stadium, the venue at which Singapore’s Fandi Ahmad, Abbas Saad and gang won the Malaysia Cup back in 1994, is set to be demolished.
In its place will be a newly built stadium.
The Shah Alam Stadium will be demolished before the end of 2023, almost 30 years since it became operational in July 1994.
The venue was officially opened on 16 July 1994 and has a capacity of 83,000.
Before the Bukit Jalil Stadium was built for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, the Shah Alam Stadium was Malaysia’s largest stadium with the highest capacity.
It was in that stadium that Singapore beat Pahang 4-0 in 1994 to win the Malaysia Cup, the last time the team ended up winning the competition as it was booted out of the tournament a year later.
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It was also the venue for the annual Sultan of Selangor Cup, a friendly match between Selangor and a star team from Singapore.
The stadium, located at Section 13 in Shah Alam, played host to a number of notable sports, tournament and entertainment events, and was also the home to 33-time Malaysia Cup champions Selangor, nicknamed the Red Giants.
Among the significant events it has hosted include the Bon Jovi concert on May 4, 1995, and the British metal band Deep Purple on May 1, 1999.
In recent years, the iconic venue Shah Alam Stadium also made headlines due to a poor pitch, leaking roof and rotting structure, which had then rendered it unsafe.
When the big Klang Valley flood hit late 2021, it saw the pitch inundated for two weeks for the second time, with the first time being in 2015.
On 30 September, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said that the planning permission to demolish the stadium and replace it with the new state-of-the-art Shah Alam Stadium Complex would be issued in November.
He said demolition works will proceed as soon as approval is given for the purpose, with the new stadium expected to be completed in 2026.
On 29 June 2022, Amirudin in a post on Twitter (now X), “The decision to redevelop the stadium will be announced shortly.
“The entire development of the Shah Alam Stadium Complex, including the Malawati Stadium will be implemented based on the evaluation results of a special committee (put together to look into the redevelopment plan).”
For Singaporeans who remember, Shah Alam Stadium may be demolished and rebuilt, but the memory of 1994 will remain forever.
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