Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium) is a sports stadium, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was initially erected for Malaysia's declaration of independence on 31 August 1957.
The stadium, operated by Perbadanan Stadium Merdeka, was a venue for many major sporting events prior to its handover to the private company, such as the 1977 Southeast Asian Games and the annual Merdeka Football Tournament (Pesta Bola Merdeka). It also hosted the fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Bugner on July 1, 1975. It was also used as the venue for concerts, as it is Malaysia's grandest stage for someone to hold a concert here.
Stadium Merdeka has a seating capacity of 20,000 for football matches. It was expanded to 45,000 capacity, but in the restoration of 2007, returned to its original 1957 seating capacity.
Events hosted in the stadium:
Philiac Concert for Peace, May 2011
1965 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games
1971 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games
1977 Southeast Asian Games
1989 Southeast Asian Games
The place where Sabah FA's largest win against Perak FA with the score of 11-0.
The Merdeka Tournament from 1957 to 1995
Michael Jackson, History World Tour 27 and 29 October 1996 (for a total audience of 110,000 people)
Kelly Chen, Dynacarnival World Tour, 14 December, 2002
Linkin Park, Meteora World Tour 15 October 2003
Mariah Carey, 20 February 2004 Charmbracelet World Tour
Back Street Boys, 27 February 2008 Unbreakable Tour
Celine Dion, Taking Chances World Tour, 13 april 2008
Avril Lavigne, The Best Damn Tour, 29 August 2008
Justin Bieber, My World Tour 21 April 2011
Jolin Tsai, Myself World Tour, 11 June 2011
Avril Lavigne, The Black Star Tour, 18 February 2012
Leehom Wang, Music-Man Tour, 3 March 2012
Jacky Cheung, Jacky Cheung 1/2 Century World Tour, 12 May 2012
Wonder Girls, Wonder World, 13 October 2012
Jonas Brothers, Jonas Brothers World Tour 2012/2013, 24 October 2012
Jennifer Lopez, Dance Again World Tour, 2 December 2012
B.o.B, Far East Movement, Mizz Nina, Watsons Music Festival, 15 December 2012
Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat 2013, #KL112, 12 January 2013
Albert Effendy, Mari Bercinta Tour, 8 July 2013 (for a total audience of 25,000 people)
Metallica, Vacation Tour 2013, 21 August 2013
Super Junior, Super Show 5 Tour, 5 October 2013