Finally, after a year of waiting, the renovation of Gelora Bung Karno Stadium has been finished. The renovation started by the end of 2016 and finished in the beginning of 2018 for the upcoming 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Asian Para Games. Some new features in the stadium are replacing the wooden bench into a plastic single seat, a new lightning system with 3.500 lux of luminance, new players’ bench, new security system, and many upgrade to bring this stadium into a world class stadium, following the FIFA standard.
Unfortunately, the world class title isn’t followed by the behaviour of the people, in this case is Indonesian. Before GBK apply a single-seat stadium, several stadiums have used this seating before. Such as Wibawa Mukti Stadium in Cikarang, Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium in Bandung, and Riau Main Stadium in Pekanbaru. The use of the seating meets the same problem in each stadium: supporters who are standing on the chair and sitting improperly. Those kinds of behaviour affect on the condition of the chairs, which mostly broken.
In 14 August 2017, for the first time, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo officialy opened the stadium and held a match between Indonesia against Iceland. Indonesia lost 1-4, yet Indonesia was scored first. But, what was the highlight is not the performance of both teams, but the stadium. I was astonished by the pitch, the lighting, and the tribune. Gelora Bung Karno looks very magnificent. Sadly, some ‘backward’ people did something that we afraid of: standing on the chair. Thus, some chairs broken because of the bad behaviour. The government, the comitee, spent trillion rupiah to upgrade this stadium into world class, but the people’s behaviour become worsen. Technology and infrastructure are becoming more advanced, sadly, the people are becoming more retarded. Vandalism happen everywhere, in many spots, especially in parks. I know that we are born to be free, but does your freedom need to annoying and disturbing the others?
Before this ‘tragedy’ happened, some Jakmania, Persija fans travelled to Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur to attend a friendly match between Persija against Ratchaburi FC from Thailand. Indonesians with the same behaviour were did the same thing, in Malaysian stadium. No wonder, Malaysian sometimes call us Indon, an acronym of Indonesian donkey. You don’t need to be furious reacting to the nickname, you just need to ask yourself.
Beside those bad stories, I found that were no more flares and fireworks in the match. Thumbs up for the security also for the supporters.
This stadium will be used in August 2018 in the Asian Games event, which means it will be covered worldwidely by many medias from abroad. If this behaviour will still the same as today, our nation will be ashamed. I don’t know how those retarded feel after doing a vandalism. Let us hope for a more advanced people, beside the infrastructure, and better maintainance of the stadium for the upcoming event, 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games.
Thepragive out. See you next time.