Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil or Bukit Jalil National Stadium is a world-class multipurpose stadium located in Bukit Jalil, a suburb off the city center of Kuala Lumpur. It was originally intended to be named as Stadium Negara Bukit Jalil to take over from the former venue in Kuala Lumpur and was built to be used for the 1998 Commonwealth Games which was hosted by Malaysia.
The stadium has since hosted numerous international events like football matches, tournaments, sports activities and concerts since it was opened back in September 1998. Building of the stadium had started 3 years earlier and is now one of the largest stadiums in the region.
The National Stadium is able to accommodate up to 100,200 people at any one time and was purposely built to stage the opening ceremony of the 1998 Commonwealth Games. After the game,s the stadium is the Home ground for the Malaysian national football team which is supposedly the 2nd largest football stadium in the world.
The company responsible for building the stadium was UEM or United Engineers Malaysia Bhd while Akitek FAA was involved in the design of the venue which included the Putra Indoor Stadium and the National Aquatics Center located just outside of the stadium.
Apart from the capacity, the National Stadium houses world-class facilities and a modern outlook which can be seen in most of today’s sporting venues. The general outlook has a vibrant and British influence seen in most international football grounds while it has a nucleus-like impression from the bird’s-eye view.