Jakarta (ANTARA) - An under-construction stadium in Jakarta that is scheduled to host the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup is planned to be named Indonesia Arena, Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said.

The multifunctional stadium will not only serve as a venue for sports events, but also for non-sports activities, such as music concerts, he said.

"Because this stadium is multifunctional for the community, the plan for its name is Indonesia Arena," Amali remarked while reviewing the construction progress of the stadium at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Sports Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, on Friday.

During the inspection, Amali was accompanied by Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir.

The Indonesia Arena stadium is part of the facilities in the GBK area that are dedicated to the country's sports achievements, Amali said.

"It should be utilized as much as possible to improve our sports achievements, not only for basketball but also other branches," he added.

Meanwhile, Hadimuljono revealed that the Indonesia Arena has a maximum seating capacity of 16,500, which can be extended or reduced.

"If it (the seating capacity) is extended, it can reach 16 thousand, if it is lessened, it would be 13,500," he pointed out.

Hadimuljono said that based on the construction contract, the indoor multifunctional stadium for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup is scheduled to be completed by March 2023.

"However, with fairly good progress, hopefully, it will be finished in December 2022. This multifunctional stadium is in the middle of the city with great greening. Not many cities in the world have this kind of thing. Parking is spacious and facilities are adequate," he said.

"The stadium is covered so it can be used for other matches, such as badminton, volleyball, and others," Thohir added.

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