In Jakarta’s ultra-dense city structure, only one venue is sufficient enough to accommodate both domestic and international needs: Gelora Bung Karno (GBK). However, event dates of football matches often clash due to GBK becoming the default home of the Persija Jakarta team.
Thus, the idea to build a brand-new multi-event football stadium with a retractable roof on par with the world’s best venues was conceived: Jakarta International Stadium (JIS). The location for the project was chosen back in 2011, a 221,000sqm area near Sunter lake, North Jakarta.
The initial concept had the stadium named Stadion BMW (BMW a slogan abbreviation for “Bersih, Manusiawi, Berwibawa”, not to be confused with the car manufacturer) before it was changed to its current name.
What’s remarkable about the new stadium is its sheer scale. The new stadium will have 82,000 seats and although GBK used to accommodate over 100,000 people, JIS towers over the 35-metre-high GBK at 73 metres! On top of the stadium, visitors can enjoy panoramic city views as well as ocean views to the north from the 360° sky view deck. It will be Asia’s largest capacity retractable roof stadium and the second-largest worldwide, just behind AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The stadium will be the new home of the Persija Jakarta team. Its exteriors will be adorned with aluminium composite panels, each having a tiger striped-style façade and seating mosaic inspired by the team’s colour and mascot. The ventilated interiors will be outfitted with LED lighting that will illuminate the stadium come nightfall.
With a total of 9 floors with facilities in the stadium, the ground floor is designed for commercial spaces and internal stadium parking (800 cars and 100 buses) to make the most efficient use of the space. Due to the stadium is located on a wetland, the plan to build underground levels were scrapped.
This led to the decision to start the stands for fans on Level 3, where the main public hall will be (in addition to the other two on Level 4 and 7). The stadium is also planned to connect to mass transit systems, in the hopes that it will encourage visitors to take public transportation instead of personal cars and motorbikes.
Constructed in a robust bowl towering over the hybrid field, the auditorium is designed in three-tiered stands approximately 10.8 metres away from the field. The stands are designed in the rakes as follows: 24° for the lower tier (22,600 seats), 29° for the middle tear (19,700 seats), and 32° for the upper tier (nearly 39,700). There will be 52 corporate boxes located on the east and west side that can accommodate 18-30 people each. The stadium is planned to have a total of 186 VVIP seats, 1,610 box seats, 3,490 open business seats and 316 media seats.
The entire stadium was contracted for IDR 5 billion ($340 million), a relatively modest cost compared to international stadiums. The expenses are expected to be covered by the Jakarta Provincial Government.
Construction formally broke ground in 2019 but was delayed for several months due to land disputes. Actual ground-level construction only began in early 2020 and is now projected to be complete by the end of 2021. As of March 2021, progress on the construction of JIS is now 50,5% complete.