Jakarta's Iconic Gelora Bung Karno Stadium Spruced Up for 2018 Asian Game

An excavator digs up earth from the GBK's field to be relaid with new grass. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : JG | on 4:39 PM March 18, 2017
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Jakarta's iconic Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, named after Indonesia's first president Soekarno and opened for the first time for the 1962 Asian Games, is being refurbished for another Asian Games next year.

The 90,000-capacity stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Asian Games in September and October. Renovation works on the complex are expected to continue until October this year.

The stadium is currently being fitted with a high-tech, "shadowless" lighting system and its field relaid with a special type of soft couch grass.

A makeshift sign warns people not to step on the newly laid grass at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Friday (17/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A makeshift sign warns people not to step on the newly laid grass at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Friday (17/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The old long benches have been removed from the stadium's grandstand. (JG Phto/Yudha Baskoro) The old long benches have been removed from the stadium's grandstand. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The stadium's roof was designed by Soviet architects under the supervision of President Soekarno, who used to be an architect himself. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) The stadium's roof was designed by Soviet architects under the supervision of President Soekarno, who used to be an architect himself. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A worker waters newly laid grass at the GBK on Friday (17/3). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A worker waters newly laid grass at the GBK on Friday (17/3). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The government is hiring more workers to complete renovation works on the stadium before the deadline in October. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) The government is hiring more workers to complete renovation works on the stadium before the deadline in October. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A notification board shows the number of days left before the deadline for the stadium's completion. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A notification board shows the number of days left before the deadline for the stadium's completion. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A crane parked outside the GBK on Friday (17/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A crane parked outside the GBK on Friday (17/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

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