The National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil was the venue for the historic XVI Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
There are five stadiums within its premised — the National Stadium, National Aquatic Centre, National Squash Centre, National Hockey Stadium amd the Putra Indoor Stadium. You can also find the Family Park and International Garden.
The National Sports Complex was built at a cost of RM800mil with the majority of the attractions centred on the state-of-the-art National Stadium. This world-class stadium was built with modern track and field amenities and can accommodate a maximum of 100,000 spectators.
The National Aquatic Centre was constructed under the stringent adherence to the guidelines of the International Swimming Federation and boasts a 10-lane Olympic-size pool and other high-tech features.
The National Squash Centre has a built-up area of over 7,000sq m and is acclaimed as the country’s largest and best-equipped squash facility. There are 10 courts in all and the arena seats 1,000.
There are two stadiums within the National Hockey Stadium with the former having a capacity of 12,000 spectators and the latter, 2,000.
Measuring 76,000 sq metres, the National Stadium Bukit Jalil, dubbed the most prominent building at the Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex, is a bowl shaped complex boasting three spectator tiers.
The venue housed many athletic meets, football matches, opening ceremonies and historical events. Being a multipurpose stadium, it can also accommodate concerts, seminars, exhibitions, Family Day activities, corporate events and also product launches.
You will notice a giant traditional dagger or ‘kris’ as you make entrance to the stadium ground. Art enthusiasts will find the surrounding panels interesting as they show off traditional art carvings.
The stadium is equipped with the following facilities:-
- 68m x 105m field
- 9 laned 400m synthetic track
- 9m x 400m synthetic track
- 6m x 60m warming up track
Every aspect of the National Stadium Bukit Jalil structure is built based on careful planning and quality material. The roof for instance, is made of polyurethane. This gives the stadium a translucent touch besides protecting it from fungus.
At any one time, the National Stadium Bukit Jalil can accommodate an amazing 100,000 seated spectators with 200 spaces for the less fortunate. Wheelchair bound audiences have easy access into the stade from designated car parks.
There is something special about the seating arrangement. Waves of the national flag, Jalur Gemilang is created through the combination of colourful seating. Spectators can make their way into the stadium through the main concourse and move about the facility using the pedestrian plaza encircling it.
The north and south ends of the National Stadium Bukit Jalil is equipped with two coloured video matrix scoreboards, one for information on events and competitors and the other with a high-tech Cathode Ray Tube for fast action video displays.
On a general note, the National Stadium Bukit Jalil is equipped with changing rooms, showers, massage point, sauna rooms, security services as well as other related arrangements both for spectators and sports people.
The Commonwealth Hill and Family Park are places that you can check out for fun or relaxation. The view atop Commonwealth Hill is breathtaking!
How to get to the National Sports Complex
The best way to get to the stadium is to take the Star LRT and alight at Bukit Jalil.
Weekdays: 9 am – 5 pm
Weekends & Public Holidays: 9 am – 5 pm
National Sports Complex Map