1. Larkin Stadium (Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium)

1. Larkin Stadium (Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium)

When it comes to promoting tourism in Johor, the state is one step ahead the rest of the country.

 2. football decor outside the stadium

2. football decor outside the stadium

 3. official coaches of JOHOR Southern Tigers in special colours of chrome and black

3. official coaches of JOHOR Southern Tigers in special colours of chrome and black

Why? The state’s football club has been turned into a brand that many could love to support and associate themselves with. Yes, I’m talking about the JOHOR Southern Tigers, or better known as JDT, acronym for Johor Darul Ta’zim Football Club.

4. achievements of JOHOR Southern Tigers thus far

4. achievements of JOHOR Southern Tigers thus far

 5. entrance of Larkin Stadium (Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium)

5. entrance of Larkin Stadium (Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium)

During my recent tourism product update as part of the Eat.Travel.Ride.2017 delegation, I had the opportunity to tour Stadium Larkin (on the outside). It won’t be long that the stadium will be opened to tourists and fans, but on certain dates, just like what’s currently happening in Europe.

6. Markaz B.O.S.

6. Markaz B.O.S.

7. Farihin Johari, Chairman of Boys of Straits

7. Farihin Johari, Chairman of Boys of Straits

The exemplary stadium is Tan Sri Dato’ Hj. Hassan Yunos Stadium, or simply known among the locals as Larkin Stadium, where it is located. With a capacity of 25,000 seats, the stadium easily fills up during home games.

8. podium at Boys of Straits

8. podium at Boys of Straits

9. Boot worn by the team captain of JDT II, Shahril Ishak, during the Malaysia Premier League 2015. Wearing this boot, Shahril scored 12 goals during his career with JDT II in 2015.

9. Boot worn by the team captain of JDT II, Shahril Ishak, during the Malaysia Premier League 2015. Wearing this boot, Shahril scored 12 goals during his career with JDT II in 2015.

Staunch supporters of JDT have formed a fan club and they are called “Boys of Straits”. The fan club has a merchandise store-cum-fan gallery at the stadium grounds.

10. JDT fan jerseys for sale

10. JDT fan jerseys for sale

11. JOHOR Southern Tigers official merchandise store

11. JOHOR Southern Tigers official merchandise store

Established since 2010, the club only began growing in 2013, with 2000 fans to date. Perhaps it was due to this fan support that JDT swept the Malaysia Super League Championship every year from 2014 onwards.

12. JOHOR Southern Tigers zippered hoodies for sale

12. JOHOR Southern Tigers zippered hoodies for sale

13. official mugs for sale

13. official mugs for sale

For general information, a new stadium is currently being built in Larkin as well, and it is named Stadium Sultan Ibrahim. When completed, it will be the home of JDT FC, which also has a secret training ground in another field.

14. JDT's closed-door stadium for secret training

14. JDT’s closed-door stadium for secret training

15. Stadium Sultan Ibrahim in Larkin will be the new stadium of Johor Darul Ta'zim FC (JDT) when completed

15. Stadium Sultan Ibrahim in Larkin will be the new stadium of Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) when completed

By the way, the Johor Japan Football Gallery will open to the public at Larkin Stadium come 1st Jan, 2018. This is a project organised by the Johor Japan Friendship Association and conducted by CADJ.

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