First opened in 1962, Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex was build to accommodate the 4th Asian Games in Jakarta. Named “Bung Karno” as an honor for Soekarno, the first President of the Republic of Indonesia, who is also initiated construction of the sports complex for the 4th Asian Games. Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium is the largest and one of the oldest stadium in Jakarta and Indonesia, and also one of the largest in Southeast Asia. Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium is an international standard multipurpose stadium, which is also the iconic landmark of the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex. After major renovations of Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, which will serve as the main venue for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta 2018, now Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium transformed to a five-star, smart, largest, and most sophisticated stadium in Indonesia, with international standard by UEFA, Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium has now officially become the world’s brightest stadium with total brightest FOP lighting level of 3.500 lux, it is one of the best lighting stadium in the world.
Recent polling that was conducted by the-AFC.com on April 2020, Indonesia has been picked as ASEAN's favourite stadium by fans. Overcome its competitors such as Bukit Jalil National Stadium (19%), Stadium Australia (11%), Rajamangala Stadium (8%), and My Dinh National Stadium (4%), Gelora Bung Karno Stadium obtained 58% of the votes for being the most iconic stadium in ASEAN.
Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium is now equipped with smart technology, such as high speed Wi-Fi (indoor and outdoor stadium), face recognition technology, full body turnstile with access control, the best quality 7K CCTV support, three ring security layer, automatic exit gate for emergency, sound system up to 80k watt PMPO, two floors royal box with bulletproff glass, and automatic controlled by Building Automation System (BAS). The stadium also equipped with the first class quality athletic track type Rekortan M99, certified by IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations).
Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium also known for green stadium and difable friendly, it is equipped with advanced field drainage system and solar panel capacity 420 KWP, and provide hundreds of difable seats and friendly access for difable. The grass field equipped with the best quality natural grass type Zoysia Matrella, international standard natural grass for the best stadium. The capacity of Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium is now ± 78.000 seats, single seats type flip up. The single seat system was chosen to conform to FIFA safety standardized seats, which require that it must be possible to evacuate the stadium within 15 minutes in case of an emergency.