By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
According to several sources, Stadium will reopen after Ramadan in the same location but with a different name.
A reader of Jakarta100bars told me about the rumor of a reopening so I went to Jalan Hayam Wuruk to check. I could only talk to some of the security officers who confirmed that the information was correct.
They said that the management had made some minor renovations and that the owner, Pak Rudi, had visited the place several times lately. If there are no last minutes surprises, the new nightclub would open in August, more than a year after it was closed down by Ahok. Unfortunately they did not know the new name and they could not let me in.
When Stadium closed in May 2014, Ahok declared that it would be forever and that he would not allow for it to operate under a different name. He also admitted that in order to shut it down, he was dependent on the goodwill of the Police. He may have lost it since new appointments have been made (both a new Chief and Deputy Chief).
The reopening would send a mixed message about the government's war on drugs. Stadium was the most easy place in Jakarta to buy and consume drugs.
Anyway, let's see what happens in August and if you have more information about it, don't hesitate to share by leaving a comment!