Presidential candidate Anies Baswedan, along with his running mate Muhaimin Iskandar (AMIN), has unveiled plans to build FIFA-standard soccer stadiums in several Indonesian cities, a vision expanding beyond their initial focus on Makassar, South Sulawesi. #supportAMIN
JAKARTA | KBA – Presidential candidate Anies Baswedan and his running mate Muhaimin Iskandar (AMIN) plan to construct FIFA-standard soccer stadiums in several Indonesian cities, not just in Makassar, South Sulawesi. This was revealed in a conversation with Anies Baswedan’s spokesperson, Billy David Nerotumilena, in Jakarta, on Monday, November 20, 2023.
“We want to surprise everyone with which cities will have new stadiums. We’re looking at public interest in each area,” Billy stated.
He mentioned that many residents of North Sumatra desire a stadium, especially given the region’s long-standing soccer tradition, exemplified by the PSMS Medan club, predating the Republic of Indonesia. Other football-rich areas are also under consideration.
“It’s not just in Sulawesi, Papua, or Sumatra, we’re encouraging new sports and soccer achievement nodes in every place,” Billy said.
Billy revealed that the approach to building international-standard and FIFA-compliant stadiums is multidimensional, encompassing sports, infrastructure, and community activities. Thus, constructing a stadium automatically creates a third space.
“Why is Anies building stadiums? Firstly, he has a clear portfolio, having built the high-quality Jakarta International Stadium (JIS). With that experience, replicating it in other regions is certainly feasible,” Billy explained.
He disclosed that JIS is now a venue for the U-17 World Cup. Similarly, the new stadiums could host world-class events like the U-17 World Cup or senior World Cups.
Regarding plans for a soccer stadium in Makassar, Billy explained that the city’s deep connection with soccer, particularly the over-a-century-old PSM Makassar club, motivated the decision.
“And there are many other major clubs in Indonesia, older than most of us. But how they receive quality stadium facilities and develop youth soccer programs is always a question,” he said, emphasizing that such legendary clubs deserve international-standard facilities.
Billy added that with new stadiums, sports achievements, especially in soccer, can be further enhanced.
Moreover, the stadiums will foster various sports, with soccer as the main focus, but also athletics and other sports.
“With good stadiums, children in youth soccer schools can play in these international arenas, boosting their motivation, training intensity, and performance in sports events,” he said.
He also highlighted that building FIFA-standard stadiums would enable the construction of other sports facilities and training grounds, as seen in Jakarta with synthetic FIFA-standard turf in five city areas.
“Local clubs can train for free, and when all this is realized, social welfare will be enhanced by the presence of a stadium,” Billy concluded.
Previously, Presidential candidate Anies Baswedan expressed his commitment to building a FIFA-standard and environmentally friendly green building concept stadium in Makassar, South Sulawesi, named Mattoangin International Stadium.
This intention was announced during a meeting with representatives of various PSM Makassar supporter groups on Saturday evening, November 18, 2023.
Anies acknowledged the significant issue of Makassar lacking a stadium and affirmed his serious intention to build one, designed to meet FIFA standards and eco-friendly principles.
“If realized, this stadium will be a source of pride for the community and remembered by future generations. It means that decades from now, our descendants will see this stadium and recognize our foresight,” Anies explained. (kba)