New GBK Nearing Completion

The newly renovated Gelora Bung Karno stadium will be the seventh largest football stadium in the world, with a capacity of nearly 90,000 spectators. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : JG | on 2:53 PM August 10, 2017
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, built by and named after Indonesia's first president Soekarno, to host the fourth Asian Games in 1962 is undergoing extensive renovations to get it ready for next year's Asian Games, the eighteenth overall.

Workers are now rushing to meet the deadline for the renovations. By Tuesday (08/08), they officially have 65 days to get the old stadium in spick-and-span conditions again.

The renovated GBK will have individual seats — instead of the old long benches — arranged and painted red and white to look like a fluttering Indonesian flag. 

Most criticism around the renovations has been leveled at the newly planted grass on the football field. The developers are planting a new type of grass which has already grown bushy. Football commentators are saying the new grass might make passing the ball troublesome for players.

Complaints have also been lodged about the lack of disabled facilities in the stadium. Currently, only 200 seats on the ground floor have been reserved for disabled spectators.

After more than half a century, elevators are also finally being installed in the stadium.

The new GBK will also have high-tech security installation and high-speed wi-fi. Its light towers have also been upgraded to meet Asian Games standard.

A view from the newly rebuilt stands at Gelora Bung Karno on Tuesday (08/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A view from the newly rebuilt stands at Gelora Bung Karno on Tuesday (08/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The football field is getting new goalposts installed as well. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) The football field is getting new goalposts installed as well. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Workers paint the athletic tracks. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Workers paint the athletic tracks. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A worker rides a modified motorcycle to carry cement inside the stadium. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A worker rides a modified motorcycle to carry cement inside the stadium. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

A worker welds Indonesia's state symbol, the Garuda Pancasila, or Pancasila Eagle, to the stadium's facade. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A worker welds Indonesia's state symbol, the Garuda Pancasila, or Pancasila Eagle, to the stadium's facade. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

New seats are being installed, painted red and white to look like a fluttering Indonesian flag. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) New seats are being installed, painted red and white to look like a fluttering Indonesian flag. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A worker attaches floor covering on the stadium's upper level. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A worker attaches floor covering on the stadium's upper level. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A worker welds a joint in the stadium's upper stand. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A worker welds a joint in the stadium's upper stand. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Workers take a break on the half-finished athletic tracks. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Workers take a break on the half-finished athletic tracks. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

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