Perak Stadium is the name of the main sports venue within DBI Sports Complex in the city of Ipoh, Malaysia. First opened in 1965, the stadium is frequently used to host the football matches of Perak FA who compete within the Malaysian Super League.
Named after the Malaysian state, and local football team, Perak Stadium was constructed over a period of around 18 months beginning in January 1964. Opening in June 1965 with a capacity of 10,000, the original iteration of the stadium differs greatly from the Perak we know today.
Built on the site of a former Detention Camp which was used to house communists during the Malayan Emergency period after World War 2, Perak Stadium sits within the wider DBI SPorts Complex which houses the region’s premier sporting facilities.
Throughout the history of Stadion Perak, four major bouts of renovation have occurred. The first two saw the stadium expanded with the capacity increasing to 18,000 in 1975, and then 30,000 in 1993.
The third happened in 1997 in preparation for the Under 20 World Cup tournament, and although the capacity did once again increase (42,500), the refurbishment was more about bringing Perak Stadium up to the required international standards set by FIFA.
Finally, the last and most recent renovation to occur took place in the Summer of 2013, and saw the floodlights upgraded to international class. This followed on from a few incidents where matches were abandoned due to inadequate lightning conditions.