Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has officially reopened the recently renovated Manahan Stadium in Surakarta, Central Java.
The multipurpose sports stadium was renovated at a cost of $22 million, and it will be used as one of the venues for the Under-20 World Cup in 2021.
Manahan Stadium was closed for renovations from early 2018 to 2019 and now boasts a capacity of 20,000.
A range of facilities have been updated for player comfort, including the installation of hot tubs and warm-up rooms.
The athletic track has also been improved and has received a class 2 certificate.
Jokowi marked the reopening by signing a stone tablet. He said:
Alhamdulillah [praise God], today we are able to use the Manahan Stadium again after the renovations. The stadium has turned into an extraordinary venue.
We have done a major renovation of Manahan Stadium so that the facilities will be better and can be immediately determined by FIFA and PSSI as the stadium to host the U20 World Cup.
The Youth and Sports Ministry previously announced that Indonesia would host the Under-20 World Cup from May 24 to June 12 next year.
FIFA has approved six stadiums to be used as venues for Indonesia’s hosting of the tournament. The stadiums are Manahan Stadium, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan, South Jakarta, Pakansari Stadium in Bogor, West Java, Mandala Krida Stadium in Yogyakarta, Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya, East Java and Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Gianyar, Bali.