Monday, July 15, 2013

The National Sports Complex

The National Sports Complex also known as the Kompleks Sukan Negara is the largest sports complex in Malaysia.  This expansive sporting facility is located at Bukit Jalil situated at a distance of 20 km south of Kuala Lumpur.
The Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex is administered and managed by a body known as Perbadanan Stadium Merdeka or PSM.  This huge sporting outfit was conceived in 1994 and constructed for the hosting of the XVI Commonwealth Games in 1998.
The complex features various different sections. Some of its main attractions are listed below:-
The Bukit Jalil National Stadium
The Bukit Jalil National Stadium is the jewel in the crown of the National Sports Complex. This large oval-shaped stadium extends over 76000 meters and is included in the list of the largest stadiums in the world. The stadium has a seating capacity of 100,000 spectators and was used during the games, to host various events like the opening ceremony, athletics events and football matches. Today the stadium is used for events like concerts, seminars, exhibitions, family day activities, product launches and more.
The Putra Stadium
Located next to the National Stadium is the smaller Putra Stadium. Originally built for hosting events like boxing, badminton, basketball, tennis, fencing, judo, wrestling and gymnastic, during the games, the Putra stadium, is today used for concerts, music shows and equestrian events. The stadium has a capacity for 16000 spectators and can be easily adapted to host weddings, product launches and various other corporate events.
Dewan Sri Putra
The Dewan Sri Putra is located behind the Putra Stadium and is a covered multi-purpose space suitable for hosting events such as weddings, seminars, corporate events and indoor sports. The hall itself measures 94.5 feet by 166.5 feet and t is equipped with various facilities like changing rooms and toilets. The Dewan Sri Putra also features 200 fixed seats and can comfortably accommodate 3000 people at a time
The National Aquatic Centre
This dome covered aquatic centre was constructed in accordance with the standards and regulations of the International Swimming Federation (FINA). The centre encompasses a total space of 28000 meters and features an Olympic size pool equipped with ten lanes, a diving pool and a training pool. The centre also has 4000 permanent seats and can also accommodate 2000 additional visitors through the creation of temporary seating.  The aquatic centre is open to the public for swimming and training classes.
The National Squash Centre
This squash facility features ten courts which can be modified for size. The facility has a seating capacity for 1000 spectators.
The National Hockey Stadium
The National Hockey Stadium is made up of two stadiums, Stadium 1, the main stadium and Stadium 2, the smaller training stadium. Both stadiums are equipped with AstroTurf equipped playing fields.  While Stadium 1 has a capacity to accommodate 12000 spectators, Stadium 2 offers seating for 2000 spectators (1000 covered seats and 1000 uncovered seats). Also onsite are various necessary facilities like conference rooms, a physiotherapy room and a media centre equipped with two lounges and work space for 100 journalists, and TV crew.
The Extreme Sports Park
The Extreme Sports Park, which was previously known as Family Park is equipped with facilities like a paintball center, a golf driving range, two sepak takraw courts, beach volley ball courts and basketball courts.
Other attractions of the complex include the Commonwealth Hill Memorial Park, an onsite hawker center and the tranquil pedestrianized promenade bordering the Sungai Kuyoh which flows between the Extreme Sports Park and the National Stadium.
The National Sports Complex is a popular center for much recreation and is well worth a visit.

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