The South Korean basketball team practices at Mahaka Arena Indoor Stadium in Jakarta on Wednesday, prior to the FIBA Asia Championship qualifying match against the host country. (Antara Photo/M. Risyal Hidayat)

Indonesia to Build New Stadium as FIBA World Cup Co-Host


FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Jakarta. The Indonesian government plans to build an indoor stadium with a seating capacity of 20,000 as co-host of the 2023 basketball world championship, an official said on Wednesday.

Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zainudin Amali said world basketball governing body FIBA requires the host country to have a stadium capable of accommodating 10,000 spectators.

"We must have one or more stadiums that meet the FIBA standards. They require at least one stadium capable of housing 10,000 spectators, and we don’t have any," Zainudin said at his office in Jakarta.

FIBA also requires that any other venue must have at least 8,000 seats, the minister said.

“The Istora Stadium, the biggest that we have, can only accommodate 5,000 people,” Zainudin said.

“We must start working soon and the location will surely be Jakarta, on a government property,” he said.

Jakarta will host the event together with Okinawa and Manila.

During a cabinet meeting discussing Indonesia’s preparation as the FIBA World Cup host a day earlier, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instructed his ministers to prepare a world-class venue.

"I instructed the venue to be built according to the FIBA standards, from changing room and hardwood floor to hospitality area and internet connections,” the president said.

“Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan have been selected co-hosts of the 2023 FIBA World Cup. This represents the international confidence on our nation that we must respond in the best possible way.”