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A HEAD OF THE U-17 WORLD CUP, THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HOUSING AND THE INDONESIAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (PSSI) BEGIN PREPARATIONS AT GBT STADIUM

2023-09-28

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The opening ceremony of the 2023 U-17 World Cup will be held at Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium (GBT) in Surabaya on November 10th. The stadium, dubbed as the pride of Surabaya, will serve as the home base for the Indonesian U-17 national team in Group A of the preliminary rounds.

In preparation for this grand event, teams from the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) and the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) have been directly involved in inspecting GBT Stadium. They have regularly made various preparations to welcome the U-17 World Cup.

Wiwiek Widayati, the Head of the Department of Culture, Youth, Sports, and Tourism (Disbudporapar) of Surabaya, explained that on the morning of Saturday, September 28th, 2023, officials from the Directorate General of Human Settlements of the Ministry of PUPR, along with their staff, had already arrived at GBT. They checked the readiness of GBT to welcome the U-17 World Cup.

"They examined the field, the standard operating procedure for entering the field, checked the press room and media center, as well as some other areas, including the parking facilities that we are preparing," said Wiwiek during a visit from the PSSI team.

After inspecting several facilities at GBT, she and her team ensured that improvements would be made to GBT Stadium. Some of the facilities that will be improved include the dressing rooms, additional access for referees, the construction of small stairs in front of the gates, the addition of CCTV cameras, and some renovations in the media stands. "In fact, he[1]  also ensured that the synthetic turf around the field would be perfected," she emphasized.

After the arrival of the Directorate General of the Ministry of PUPR and their staff, GBT welcomed the accreditation team from the local organizing committee (LOC) of the 2023 U-17 World Cup in the afternoon. They inspected various GBT facilities that will be used for the World Cup.

"They checked the indoor field at GBT, then checked the VIP entrance and exit routes, as well as seating arrangements. They also inspected the spectator routes, the media facilities, including the press room and media center, the LOC office, and others," she said.

Therefore, Wiwiek ensured that in the coming weeks, leading up to the opening, many guests would come to GBT to work together in striving for the success of the 2023 U-17 World Cup. Those who arrive will assess the situation on the ground and immediately find solutions to support the success of the U-17 World Cup.

"We hope that their arrival will further perfect GBT. Nevertheless, we can confirm that everything is ready in terms of the field of play and have met FIFA's requirements, so GBT is ready to welcome the 2023 U-17 World Cup," she concluded. (*)