Thursday, July 5, 2007

About Merdeka (Independence) Stadium

From Wikipedia & Malaysiana1.

Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium) is a sports stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It was initially erected for Malaysia's declaration of independence on August 31, 1957.

The country's declaration of independence and the formation of the modern Federation of Malaysia were both held at Stadium Merdeka.

In February 2003, Stadium Merdeka was named a national heritage building.

The stadium was the venue for many major sporting events such as the 1977 Southeast Asia Games and the annual Merdeka Football Tournament.

It was also used as the venue for concerts by international pop stars such as Michael Jackson, Linkin Park and Kool And The Gang.

In 1975, it hosted a boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Bugner.

In 2007, the stadium's 45,000 seats were reduced to 20,000 seats to mark Malaysia's 50th independence celebrations.