ASM Global adds Kuala Lumpur Sports City to Asia-Pacific roster

ASM Global has entered into a strategic partnership with the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports to enhance existing operations and event activity at the Kuala Lumpur Sports City precinct.

The agreement ties in with the Malaysian government’s plans to develop the precinct into a world-class destination for hosting sports, entertainment and community events.

The deal, which includes the 87,400-seat Malaysia National Stadium, also expands ASM Global’s footprint in Asia. The stadium is the largest in Asia outside of North Korea and is now the largest stadium in ASM Global’s worldwide portfolio.

ASM Global will implement its latest technology and food and beverage offerings at the precinct. ASM Global will also partner with Malaysian company Sportswork Sdn Bhd to deliver services to Kuala Lumpur Sports City.

ASM Global will work with the Malaysian government via Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia (PSM), which manages and maintains the complexes and sports venues that have been assigned by the Youth & Sports Ministry.

Ron Bension, president and chief executive of ASM Global, said: “We’re on a robust growth curve in this part of the world. The Kuala Lumpur Sports City precinct is representative of the types of projects we’re championing that significantly enrich the venue benefits and utilise our vast international expertise and best practices.”

Harvey Lister, ASM Global’s chairman and chief executive in the Asia-Pacific region, added: “We firmly believe the Malaysia National Stadium and the Axiata Arena have the potential expressed by the Malaysia Sports Ministry, and we are proud to welcome the local teams and venues into our network of venues and support the precinct in helping deliver more events for the people of Malaysia and the region.”

ASM Global’s portfolio of facilities in the region also includes the under-construction Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, among others.

In August last year, ASM Global was appointed as the main operator for two venues within a planned mixed-use destination in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The 20,000-seat Jeddah Arena and the International Convention Centre Jeddah will form part of the Airport City project, which will be based adjacent to the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah.

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