When it comes to promoting tourism in Johor, the state is one step ahead the rest of the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Those who are keen to go on a guided tour of the stadium may contact the following:
SOUTHERN TIGERS SDN. BHD.
Add: Aras 1, Stadium Tan Sri Dato Hj. Hassan Yunos, Jalan Dato Jaafar, 80350 Johor Bahru, Johor, MALAYSIA
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