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Top 10 remarkable football stadiums in Indonesia
Every week thousands of supporters head towards football stadiums all around Indonesia to support their local pride. All around the archipelago you will find spectacular football stadiums and huge supporter crowds. It isn’t easy to pick 10 favourite stadiums as there are so many in Indonesia, but we took a shot. Groundhoppers paying attention?
We made a list with the 10 most remarkable stadiums you need to put on your “Indonesia football bucket list” Let us know which one is your favourite and why!
1. Stadium Batakan
This modern new stadium in Balikpapan looks great! We haven’t been there but the pictures and videos are impressive. The stands are close to the field which is quite new for Indonesian standards. Most Indonesian stadiums have a running track around the field and the spectators are quite far from the pitch. The concrete pillars in the corners give the stadium a bit of a San Siro vibe.
The National team has played in this new venue already and we are also looking forward to visiting it. What do you think of it?
Location: Balikpapan, East Kalimantan (Borneo)
Club: Persiba Balikpapan (liga 2 Indonesia) and the National team
2. Maguwoharjo Stadium
This international Stadium is home to Liga 1 Club, PS Sleman, and can be found in Yogyakarta, Central Java. Same as the Batakan stadium Maguwoharjo does not have a running track around the field which makes the atmosphere during football games more intense. We have been here many times and it should definitely be in the top 10 most remarkable stadiums in Indonesia. The combination of The famous Brigata Curva Sud and the style of the stadium make it feels like you are in Italy.
Location: Yogyakarta, Central Java
Club: PS Sleman
3. Gelora Bung Karno
This is Indonesia’s biggest and most famous stadium! Home to Persija Jakarta and the national team and many other events. The stadium is named after the first President of Indonesia, Mr. Sukarno. When it opened for the Asian Games in 1962, 110.000 people were able to get a spot in this massive stadium. It now has been reduced twice and the current capacity is 78.000. It’s also a great stadium to see with the amazing skyline of Jakarta on the background and its newly renovated coloured seats. Whenever you in Jakarta don’t forget to bring a visit to this giant.
Location: Jakarta, West Java
Club: Persija Jakarta, National team
4. Harapan Bangsa Stadium
Next up is a stadium less known for the larger crowds. We’ve put it on the list because of its unique design. Right now Persiraja Banda Aceh plays their home games in this multi-use stadium in northern Sumatra. What do you think of it?
Location: Banda Aceh, North Sumatra
5. Manahan Stadium
This newly renovated stadium must be on the list! It doesn’t have a big capacity compared to other stadiums in Indonesia but it’s one the most modern stadiums in the country. As it is located right in the center of Surakarta, you can’t miss the stadium when travelling trough the city. This stadium will also be used for the under-20 World Cup in 2021 and we are looking forward to visiting it when Persis Solo is playing a game there. In particular when they face their arch-rival PSIM Yogyakarta during the Mataram Derby.
Location: Surakarta, Central Java
Club: Persis Solo
6. Gelora Bung Tomo
Another big one! This huge stadium is home to Persebaya and it made us think about the River Plate Stadium in Argentina! The Stadium is named after Bung Tomo, a national hero in Indonesia. The atmosphere in this stadium can be thrilling and we would recommend everyone to pay a visit when Persebaya is playing. Most of their home games are sold out and the videos of the pyro parties after some of their games are quite popular on YouTube as well.
Location: Surabaya, East Java
7. Papua Bangkit Stadium
Another new one on the list! You will need to travel far to see this stadium but I think a trip to Papua is always worth the effort. They start building it in 2016 and it was finished in 2019. The plan is to use if for different sport-related events and as a home base for Football Club Persipura. We haven’t been there yet but it would be amazing to travel all the way to Papua for a football game! West Papua is one of the more remote islands within the archipelago, but home to heaps of football talents and owns a distinct football culture.
8. Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium
This stadium does not really belong to one particular club but its quite unique. It is a multi-use stadium located in Bekasi, West Java. It was first built as the Bekasi Stadium in 1980 with a small capacity of 10.000 spectators. In 2011 the stadium has been upgraded to a modern and international standard multi-use stadium. A big part of the funding has come from the Bekasi Government.
Location: Bekasi, West Java
Club: different events and clubs
9. Mandala Krida Stadium
Another stadium located in Yogyakarta! PSIM, the big rival of nearby Persis Solo is playing their home games in this multi-use stadium in the city center of Yogyakarta. It has been upgraded lately to a new modern stadium with a fresh look. Although the supporters are quite far from the pitch the atmosphere can be amazing. It can accommodate around 35.000 people and it is also often used for government-related events and concerts. So football fans in Yogyakarta are lucky as there are quite a lot of cool stadiums in that area.
10. Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium
This Bandung Sea of Fire Sports Arena is most used for football and athletics games. It beautifully located between the mountains and ricefields in Bandung West Java. Although it’s not used every week its the only stadium in Indonesia with Fifa standard class grass. It has fireproof seats, a VIP box with bulletproof glass, a helicopter pad, and over 750 toilets. Persib Bandung is most likely to play more often in this stadium but there are some stories that not everyone is happy with the stadium as there might be some construction errors. So hati-hati when taking place on the stands there!
Location: Bandung, West Java
Club: Persib Bandung
Jatidiri Stadium Semarang
We are really curious about the newly renovated Jatidir Stadium in Semarang! Hopefully it will be in use starting next season. It looks spectacular and we look forward to paying a visit! How about you?
What do you think about this list? Any suggestions on stadiums that you feel that should be on this list? Leave a recommendation in the comment section!