Stadium – Bukit Jalil – A Magic Atmosphere
Eventual winners Iraq booked their place in the AFC Asian Cup 2007 final by edging out Korea Republic on penalties in a memorable, nail-biting semi-final at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur in July 2007, leaving themselves on the cusp of making footballing history.
The match, held almost nine years to the day of the stadiums inauguration in 1998, proved to be yet another thriller played out by Asia’s foremost practitioners of the beautiful game in one of the most modern and aesthetically pleasing stadiums in the world.
In an age of environmentally friendly construction, the Bukit Jalil National Stadium – nestling as it is in lush tropical greenery and tastefully built to world-class standards, has hard-to-please environmentalists nodding their heads in approval.
Often described as the “stadium in a park”, the stadium’s architects left the verdant carpet that surrounds the stadium unharmed, thus creating a favourable contrast with other sports megasr.ructures across the planer, for which wide swathes of greenery have been erased. Combine this with cutting-edge facilities and technology, and you have a stadium which can rightfully boast of being the best in South-hast Asia. “It is a serene and elevating experience – no matter from which direction you are approaching the stadium,” says Fakhrul Razy, an ardent Malaysian football fan. “And it only gets better and more impressive once you are inside the stadium.