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New football stadium debuts in Malaysia

Malaysian Super League football champions Johor Darul Ta’zim have unveiled their new stadium in the city of Iskandar Puteri.

The 35,000 seat Sultan Ibrahim Stadium is named after Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, the current ruler of the state of Johor.

The venue cost US$47.2 million and took four years to construct.

Opened last weekend by Sultan Ibrahim, the stadium has been designed to look like a banana leaf.

Located in Johor Bahru District the stadium complex is also set to feature a training centre, shops and restaurants in the future. The venue also has state-of-the-art LED lighting.

Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who owns the club, said:

The last seven years have been great both on and off the field for JDT (Johor Darul Ta’zim) and the opening of the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium marks another milestone for the Southern Tigers squad.

JDT has grown exponentially since the club’s founding in 2013 and today we have succeeded in overcoming the norms of Malaysian football … (whereby are) constantly striving to create new benchmarks that will surely raise standards and challenge the limits at the international level.

Located on an 11.3-hectare site, which also houses the club’s headquarters, the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium uses the original ‘Zeon Zoysia’ grass and also has a drainage system that can recycle water.

The Malaysia Rugby Union have also confirmed they will be building their own rugby stadium in Putrajaya, south of Kuala Lumpur.

Images courtesy of the Johor Football Association.