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Johor Darul Ta’zim unveils new stadium

Fans of Malaysian team Johor Ta'zim during the AFC Champions League at Larkin Stadium on May 08, 2019. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

Malaysian Super League football team Johor Darul Ta’zim unveiled its new, 40,000-seat stadium at the weekend with a light show and fireworks display.

The Sultan Ibrahim Stadium, named after the state of Johor’s current ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, cost RM200m ($48m) to build. The building has been designed in the shape of a banana leaf, and features a natural grass pitch and LED floodlights.

JDT is currently Malaysia’s strongest team. It is moving to the new stadium from the 30,000-seat Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, where it had played since its formation in 2013, winning 13 trophies including six consecutive league titles.

The team’s owner, Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the son of Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim, said: “The past seven years have been amazing both on and off the pitch for JDT and the opening of this Sultan Ibrahim Stadium marks another feather in the cap for the Southern Tigers…

“As a club, JDT have come a long way since its inception in 2013. Today we have successfully overcome the norm in Malaysia football, strived to set new benchmarks that have inevitably raised standards and challenged boundaries on the international front.”

The club also plans to build a training centre, shops and restaurants on the land surrounding the stadium.