Work is set to commence on Jakarta International Stadium after a groundbreaking ceremony was held for what is intended to be Indonesia’s first world-class football stadium.

Also known as BMW Stadium, the facility will become the new home of Liga 1 champion Persija Jakarta and will accommodate between 80,000 and 82,000 fans.

The stadium will be fitted with a retractable roof so that it can stage indoor events such as music concerts. Speaking at the ceremony yesterday (Thursday), Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said work on the stadium, which is expected to cost IDR 5tn (£264.7m/€309.9m/$350.3m), is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The Jakarta Provincial Government, through the regional government-owned company PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro), will develop the stadium as part of a new sports zone that is also expected to feature facilities for the likes of aquatic sports and volleyball.

“Today, Jakarta is starting a new chapter as the Jakarta International Stadium in this place will become the first world-class football stadium in Indonesia,” Baswedan said, according to Indonesian news agency Antara.

“We must be able to show that users also have international standards (and) world-class procedures. The journey to this development is long and winding, I appreciate all those who have been involved in the process of building this stadium.”

Image: Persija Jakarta