A handing-over ceremony of the refurbished Perak Stadium from contractors Seri Bumi Sdn Bhd, Kota Lenggong Enterprise and Prense Bina (M) Sdn Bhd to the state government and Ipoh City Council was held on Tuesday, April 10 at the stadium grandstand.
In preparation for the upcoming Sukma, the grandstand, seats and running track were upgraded costing an estimated RM18.5 million, overall. The running track was replaced with the Herculean SR Olympic track in conformity with standards set by the International Amateur Athletic Federation.
Other works included additional changing rooms and improvements to the media room, scoreboard room, quarantine room, press conference room, medical room and VIP lounge. The seats in the grandstand are in yellow, black and white.
“The contractors managed to complete the job within the stipulated time frame. Among the measures we’ll be introducing is a total ban on smoking within the stadium. This will be effective immediately. I hope the upgraded stadium will be used properly without vandalism or damage. We’ll add close-circuit TV later,” said Dato’ Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan, State Secretary cum Chairperson of the Executive Joint Committee for 19th Sukma Perak 2018 while visiting the facility.
Incidentally, Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan has since retired from active service.
Present were State Financial Officer, Dato’ Mohd Ghazali Jalal, Mayor Dato’ Zamri bin Man and Nor Eni binti Ismail, Director of State Economic Planning Unit.
The Perak Stadium was built in 1965 and has a capacity of 29,000 with 100 VIP seats and four VVIP seats.