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.