Penang Island National Stadium (1945–2003)
Construction of the City Stadium commenced on 1 October 1945, just after the end of the Second World War. Upon completion in 1948, it was officially named the Penang Island National Stadium.
The stadium was expanded by the British government in 1950 and underwent further renovation in 1953.
City Stadium (2003–present)
The Penang Island National Stadium has eventually renamed the City Stadium in 2003. Another round of renovation works was conducted in the 2000s.
However, as Georgetown had already been densely developed, under the confined urban constraints the City Stadium could not be expanded further. The FA Penang had briefly moved to the Penang State Stadium in Batu Kawan on the mainland due to capacity concerns, but in 2011, the state football team then returned to the City Stadium. The FA Penang has been playing major football matches at the City Stadium ever since.
At present, the stadium can accommodate about 25,000 people, although its main gate has been reduced in size.
On 15 May 1975, the second exhibition match was played between the Malaysia League XI and Arsenal Football Club. The match ended in a 1–1 draw for both sides.
The FA Penang also played an exhibition match against BSC Young Boys (Switzerland) which ended in a 1–1 draw on 25 January 1982. Before that, on 12 January 1982, FC Bayern Munich II played versus Penang, which ended in a 1-0 win for the home side.
FIFA Puskás Award
In 2017, a Penang FA player, Mohd Faiz Subri, made history as the first Asian to win the FIFA Puskás Award, an annual award given to the football player who was judged to have scored the best goal of the previous year. Mohd Faiz Subri won the award for his physics-defying free kick on 16 February 2016 during the Malaysian Super League match in the City Stadium between Penang and Pahang, which the home team won 4-1.