Andi Mattalata Stadium (sometimes spelt Andi Mattalatta) is a multi-purpose sports stadium in Makasaar which is capable of seating 20,000 supporters per match. It is similarly used to host the football matches of PSM Makassar.
The origins of the stadium date back as far back as the late 1940s when Indonesia declared independence the Netherlands. The land on which the stadium sits was owned by the Dutch East Indies and was used as a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp during World War II.
Although many historians believe that sports were played in the local area surrounding the stadium, it wasn’t until the 4th National Games of Indonesia in 1957 that Andi Mattalata developed into a proper stadium with permanent facilities.
The stadium was originally known as “Mattoangin” which is said to be derived from the Bahasa Makassar dialect for “meaningful glances” and “wind”. Located next to a beach, the words form together to essentially mean a beautiful day for sailing.
It was later renamed in honour of Andi Mattalata who was instrumental to the construction of the stadium after the Second World War. Serving as a Military District Commander, Andi Mattalata used all of his experience in the forces to create sports facilities which Indonesians could be proud of.
Multi-purpose by design, Stadium Mattoangin today is more commonly used to host the football matches of PSM Makassar. The local team play football in the Super League which is the highest tier of Indonesian Football.