SHAH ALAM, Malaysia � The 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games futsal venue at the Panasonic Sports Complex in Section 21, Shah Alam is all set to receive players and spectators from five participating countries of the event especially hosts, Malaysia.

Shoot & Score Sdn Bhd operations director, Mohd Tazwid Nordin said the company, which was tasked with managing the complex, would be completing intensive upgrading works which began in May in time for the first match this Friday.

Apart from Malaysia, the SEA Games futsal event from Aug 18 to 27 will also see defending champions Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar in action.

We have replaced the worn out parquet flooring with imported PU Sports Court flooring.

The lighting was also upgraded according to the requirements of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) …as well as spectator seats and we are carrying out the final touches here and there now, he told Bernama.

Mohd Tazwid said the sports complex built in 1991 has a seating capacity of 870 and it became the venue for Malaysia Games in 2013 and the National Futsal League Qualifying last year.

Apart from that, he said the complex is also equipped with both indoor and outdoor courts as well as ancillary facilities like car park, surau, toilets, changing rooms and cafe.

As the seating capacity is limited and the company is considering a proposal to erect a giant screen at the complex compound to accommodate fans who could not get tickets.

At the moment, we are still uncertain whether the spectators can stand or are only allowed to be seated. Seats will be limited especially in the hot game between Malaysia and Thailand.

So we may have to put up a giant screen outside…we are still waiting for the reply from MASOC on the proposal. We do not want to disappoint fans who came from far away and could not enter the stadium so why not just prepare a big screen for them, he said.

The national men’s and women’s squads will start their SEA Games campaign against Myanmar this Friday.

For the record, Malaysia’s men’s futsal squad won the silver medal in the 2007 Games in Korat, Thailand while the best women’s futsal team achievement was at the 2013 Myanmar edition when they won a bronze after a 3-3 draw with Vietnam.