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Attending The SEA Games Opening Ceremony Tomorrow? Here’s What You Should Know

SEA Games opening ceremony in 2015SEA Games opening ceremony in 2015

After months of preparation by our government and athletes, the Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL 2017) SEA Games will officially open its curtains tomorrow!

It has been 16 years since Malaysia hosted the biennial sporting event, and the Sports Ministry is doing the best they can to ensure this year’s edition will be the best SEA Games to date.

The opening ceremony for KL2017 will be held in the newly-renovated Bukit Jalil National Stadium, and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has promised a memorable spectacle throughout the ceremony.

The newly renovated National StadiumThe newly renovated National Stadium

"We promise something punchy, using the high-end technology. It has never been done before, and I hope people will be entertained.

“This is a journey not only about Malaysia, but something that the rest of the region can appreciate. They will see diversity, celebrating arts, music, showcasing the confident and heritage of this country,” he said.

However, if you will be one of the 84,000 spectators attending tomorrow’s big night, there are a few things that you should take note.

Come As Early As Possible!

The Philippines SEA Games team going through a security check point at the Eastin Hotel in Petaling Jaya. Photo: The StarThe Philippines SEA Games team going through a security check point at the Eastin Hotel in Petaling Jaya. Photo: The Star

The Malaysia SEA Games Organising Committee (MASOC) has advised the attendees to arrive at the stadium two to four hours ahead before the official opening at 8pm.

“Stadium gates will be opened as early as 4pm while the pre-event programme will start at 6pm before the official opening at 8pm,” said a statement released by MASOC.

The authorities will conduct thorough body checks on all spectators at all entry gates, and this process is expected to take some time.

Public Transport Is Your Best Option

Apart from offering 50 per cent off for rides until August 31, Prasarana and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will extend the operating hours of the LRT, MRT, KTM and RapidKL buses.

Roads leading to the National Stadium, including Jalan Merah Cagar and Jalan Putra, will be closed to ease traffic flow to the stadium.

KTM will provide additional trains, with the last train of the night for the Bandar Tasik Selatan-Serdang-Batu Caves line leaving at 12.37am (August 20); Bandar Tasik Selatan-Putra-Seremban line at 1.20am; KL Sentral-Rawang at 1.30am and KL Sentral-Putra-Port Klang at 1.44 am.

The operation hours for the Sri Petaling LRT line will be extended to 1am (August 20).

RapidKL will provide bus services with 10-15 minutes frequency from seven locations, which are Jalan Reko Terminal, Kajang; Ampang Point, Ampang; Greenwood, Gombak; Hentian Bandar Shah Alam; KLCC bus stop; Platform C, Pasar Seni; and in front of NU Sentral, KL Sentral.

The service to the National Stadium will start from 5pm to 8pm while the service from the stadium will operate from 10.30 pm to 1am.

18,000 parking bays will be provided along the public transportation route, including at the Selangor Turf Club with 3,500 bays which is one kilometer away from the stadium. A free bus service will ferry people from the parking lot to the stadium every ten minutes.

Use The RapidKL Travel Guide

Planning ahead will certainly help ease your journey, especially if you are making your way via public transport.

So for your keeps, download the Rapid KL Travel Guide on your mobile phones that is available here

As you can access it anywhere and anytime, it will help you not only with the connectivity of transits you need to take, but includes fare prices as well – so you will know how much exactly you will need to spend for your journey to the National Stadium from your desired stations.

If You Plan To Drive Be Careful Where You Park, Or Else…

Your vehicles will be towed away, as warned by Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, and this include those that attempt and park by the roadways.

“We are not going to issue parking tickets. If cars or other vehicles block roadways, they will be towed,” he warned.

The Do’s And Don’ts While You’re In The Stadium

Confiscated items during the Singapore-Malaysia football match on Wednesday. Photo: Khairy Jamaluddin Twitter.Confiscated items during the Singapore-Malaysia football match on Wednesday. Photo: Khairy Jamaluddin Twitter.

Earlier, MASOC alerted the public that air horns, cigarettes, knives and firecrackers will not be allowed in the National Stadium compound – and all items will be confiscated.

Other prohibited items include drinks, vape, discriminating banners or leaflets, any kinds of pets, sharp objects, flares, or any other items that have been listed by the organiser.

Apart from that, remember to keep the stadium clean, please throw your garbage in the designated bins as there will be three garbage bins provided, which are General Waste, Recyclables and Food Waste.

The organiser has uploaded a guide on what the do’s and don’ts during the opening and closing ceremonies as well as, so be sure to pay attention and abide by these rules.


Now that you know these details, Malaysian Digest hopes our readers attending the glorious event will have a good time at the ceremony, and don’t forget to cheer for our athletes!

-- Malaysian Digest