MELAKA: There is no cost involved in restoring the pitch of the Bukit Jalil National Stadium after it was damaged following the Coldplay concert on Wednesday, says youth and sports minister Hannah Yeoh.
She said there is a nursery site near the stadium with Zeon Zoysia grass that can be used to immediately replace any part of the pitch that is damaged.
“So, when repairs (of the pitch) have to be done, it does not involve any costs because the nursery site already exists.
“So don’t worry. Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia (PSM) will ensure the pitch is ready for upcoming matches,” she said when met by reporters at a programme to produce healthy athletes here today.
Prior to this, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) football club owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who donated Zeon Zoysia grass for use at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, uploaded pictures on Instagram of the condition of the pitch at the official stadium for the Harimau Malaya (national football squad). They appeared to show some damage to the pitch.
Although Tunku Ismail uploaded the pictures without captions, social media users expressed frustration and dissatisfaction after seeing the condition of the pitch.
Last Wednesday, 85,000 fans flooded the Bukit Jalil National Stadium to witness the concert by Coldplay, a British rock band.
Previously, the condition of the stadium’s pitch became a topic of discussion among the public due to unsatisfactory conditions during the opening match of the 2023 Merdeka Football tournament between Malaysia and India last month.