The Jakarta Post
The BMW Stadium in North Jakarta, which is due to begin construction next year, will include water sports facilities, a luxury hotel, transit-oriented development (TOD) infrastructure, as well as an art performance facility, an executive has said.
President director of PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) Dwi Wajyo Daryoto said to complete the new vision as a multifunctional area, the construction work would take more than a year to complete.
“They [the city administration] should allocate more money in next year’s regional regulation,” he said on Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co.
The project, valued at Rp 4.5 trillion (US$314 million), made a stir when Jakarta Council Speaker Prasetio Edi Marsudi refused to approve the funding.
In response, the hashtag #StadionJakartaHargaMati took social media by storm, manned by angry fans of Jakarta soccer club Persija.
The 26.5-hectare BMW Stadium was meant to replace Lebak Bulus stadium in South Jakarta, which is now used as a parking lot for mass rapid transit users.
After a budget committee discussion, the Jakarta Council decided to let Jakpro handle the project. The project will receive an additional capital injection of Rp 500 billion from the city budget, bringing its total budget to Rp 900 billion.
“The stadium would change, according to the time,” Dwi said.
He further said the stadium would not only be used for sports, as the venue would also stage art performances.
“The business is not only about soccer. There should be some [art] attractions. Hopefully one day there would be international singers playing concerts there,” Dwi said. (gis)