The Batu Kawan Stadium was planned for construction since 1995 to accommodate the increase utilization capacity of the City Stadium in Lorong Kulit that was built before 1956 To participate in the bidding to host the 8th Malaysian Games 2000. For this purpose, a stadium that can accommodate large number of participants and spectators is required by the State of Penang as a catalyst for sports creation and social facilities in promoting sports excellence of the state. The State Government decided that the area in Batu Kawan, owned by Penang Development Corporation is the most appropriate site because it does not involve any land acquisition process that will result in time and high cost. Ideally located close to the North-South Highway that connects Stadium Batu Kawan with Seberang Perai, the island and neighbouring states.
1.2 Construction of Batu Kawan Stadium
• Penang Development Corporation (PDC) financed the entire construction of Batu Kawan Stadium on PDC-owned land.
• The total area is 150 acres that includes 90 acres for the stadium and parking area and an area of 60 acres of oil palm plantation.
• The construction of Batu Kawan Stadium was completed in early 2000, at the cost of RM104.0 million.
• With a seating capacity of 40,000 spectators, Stadium Batu Kawan was used for the official opening and closing ceremony of 8th Malaysian Games 2000.
• On 19 December 2008, the State Executive Council (EXCO) approved that the Stadium Batu Kawan be handed over from MPSP to Penang Sports Council to manage the facilities.
• As a follow-up of the Auditor General’s Report 2013 Series 1, a Press Conference on 10 April 2014 at Level 28, Komtar chaired by Chief Minister of Penang, The Rt.Hon. Lim Guan Eng announced that the management of Stadium Batu Kawan by Penang Sports Council is to be taken over by PDC
1.3 Infrastructure Facilities of Stadium Batu Kawan
1.3.1 Existing Open Facilities
• Open Stadium with a seating capacity of 40,000 spectators
• Football field (FIFA standards) • Bicycle track & Athletics facilities (IAAF standards)
• Electronic Scoreboard
• Parking bays (4,350 units)
• Bus parking bays (80 units)
• Motorcycle parks (3,000 units)
• Motor Cup Prix Circuit Track
• Remote Control Car Games Track
• Exhibition and Sales Sites
• Open space for tele matches, recreational activities and games for remote control airplanes
1.3.2 Indoor Facilities
• Meeting Room
• VIP Room
• Medical & First Aid Room
• Vacant Rooms
• Police Control Centre & Lock-up
• Score Board & Video Board System Control Room
• VIP Parking
• CCTV Security Control Room
• Prayer Room
• Management Office