World Cup > Blackpink: K-pop group may need new venue for Jakarta concerts with GBK stadium out of bounds

South Korean girl group Blackpink. Image: YG Entertainment
South Korean girl group Blackpink. Image: YG Entertainment

It looks like Blackpink’s Jakarta concert planning needs a Ddu-Du Ddu-Du over.

Just days after Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Stadium was announced as the venue for the hotly-anticipated Blackpink concerts in March 2023, Indonesia’s Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali today said the stadium will be shut for general use then.

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According to Zainudin, GBK, which is one of the stadiums chosen by FIFA to host the Under-20 World Cup next May, will be closed for renovations starting this month.

When asked if this means Blackpink’s March 11 and 12 shows would be allowed in the stadium, the minister replied, “certainly not.”

“Even when [renovations] are done, the stadium will not be allowed for any use [other than to host the Under-20 World Cup]. GBK belongs to the state,” he added.

Blinks shouldn’t feel hard done by getting booted out of GBK. Zainudin said that Indonesia’s national team won’t even get to play at the stadium for the 2022 AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Championship in December.

The minister offered Bogor’s Pakansari Stadium and Bekasi’s Patriot Stadium, which are not hosting Under-20 World Cup matches, as possible alternative venues for major events in the Greater Jakarta Area.

Blackpink’s concert promoters have not issued a statement regarding the possible venue change.

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