The seven-meter-high Soekarno statue rises at the beginning of Adisucipto Solo, mid-July 2018. Surrounded by an oval fountain, the statue was built right in front of the entrance to Manahan Stadium. Without a wall as a base, the statue of Soekarno itself is made of bronze with a height of three meters and a width of 1,2 meters. Soekarno in the statue was described as reading. It is said that the meaning of telling the Proclamator’s living fragments when reading literature and exploring knowledge before forming Pancasila.
In addition, the symbol of Soekarno Reading has a very broad meaning. By reading, it can open window of the world. Not only reading in sheets of books but also reading the situation, environment and what is around. Then, be more vigilant and aware of what will happen.
The area that called the Manahan Plaza is expected to become a new icon of Solo City. A brand-new public space from the Solo City Government for its citizens. This plaza looks like the gate enters the pride of the Bengawan City stadium area. With a capacity of 25,000 spectators, Manahan Stadium is the first stadium in Indonesia to host the largest disable sports event in Southeast Asia ASEAN Paragames in 2011.
The stadium was inaugurated on February 21, 1998, by the President of the Republic of Indonesia then, Suharto. About ten years later, the stadium underwent a major renovation after previously holding the title of a flood subscription. Dactylon Cynodon grass (Bermuda grass) is imported from Batam to be planted in the Manahan stadium field. While the field drainage construction consisting of pipes and sand filter cloth comes from neighboring countries, Malaysia. To cover the surface of the field, they used 1600 cubic of sand of Samas Beach in Yogyakarta which has little salt content. Besides the soccer field, the Gelora Manahan Complex also has tennis courts, baseball fields, motorbike circuits, bicycle racing (velodrome), volleyball courts, basketball court, badminton area, table tennis rooms, billiard rooms and multipurpose gymnasium.