JDT get Valencia's help in construction of new stadium

Spanish club Valencia CF will lend a hand in the development of Johor Darul Ta'zim's new RM200 million stadium.

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Spanish side Valencia CF will assist in the development of Johor Darul Ta'zim's (JDT) new stadium, which will be named the Sultan Ibrahim Larkin Stadium, announced club owner Tunku Ismail Ibrahim.
 
"I... have an agreement with Valencia, who will be helping to build our new stadium, which will begin its construction very soon," he said in a meet-and-greet session with the media and fans on Wednesday.
 
Valencia is owned by Singaporean tycoon Peter Lim.
 
The stadium, which will be built as part of the recently announced JDT Sports City project, is named after Tunku Ismail's father and also the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Iskandar.
 
When asked why the name Larkin is retained, Tunku Ismail told that it is because he has grown an affinity to the name.

"I'm keeping the name Larkin because I'm fond of it," he said.
 
Elaborating further on the stadium, he said that the new stadium will cost between RM180-200 million, and will be built and sponsored by Forest City–the firm that is heavily involved in property development in the state of Johor.
 
Tunku Ismail explained that the stadium will take up half of the land given by the state government for JDT Sports City.

"I will use 35 acres of land to build a new stadium in Iskandar Puteri and the rest for the JDT Sports City project," he said.
 
On the use of stadiums in the state by teams under the JDT setup, he stated that the current stadium will be taken over by Premier League side JDT II, whereas the Pasir Gudang stadium, currently used by JDT II, will be used by JDT III and JDT IV.
 
However, he assured the fans that ticket prices will be retained as at the current stadium, and the new stadium will be managed by the club itself.

"The ticket prices for 2016 will be unchanged from last season and at the new stadium in Iskandar Puteri as well," said the Johor crown prince.