National Stadium

SG SPORTS HUB LOSE HOSTING PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY TO HK,

Another blow to the Singapore Sports Hub, as reports have emerged that the most successful event staged at the New National Stadium, the Barclays Asia Premier League Trophy, will not be coming back to Singapore this year. Instead, they will move back to Hong Kong and Shanghai.

This despite a successful run here in Singapore in 2015 that saw a record turnout of 82,000 fans, with Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore hailing the 2015 event as the "best ever". This will represent another blow to the Singapore Sports Hub and its consortium, which had promised Singapore fans to bring the best sporting spectacle to the stadium.

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BILLION DOLLAR NATIONAL STADIUM LEAKS RAINWATER DURING JAY CHOU CONCERT

It was a wet affair for many Jay Chou fans who attended his concert on Saturday. At least 16 fans took to Facebook to complain about a leak in the retractable roof at the Singapore Sports Hub in Kallang, where the concert was held. The Singapore Sports Hub posted a photo with the caption "Here we go", and those who attended commented on the photo.

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NATIONAL STADIUM U-TURNS TO ARTIFICIAL TURF AFTER WASTING $1.5 MILLION ON SANDY GRASS PITCH

After months of controversy and spending S$1.5 million on new lighting equipment to try to improve the quality of the National Stadium pitch, Sports Hub Pte Ltd (SHPL) is making a drastic U-turn: It will resurface the pitch permanently with artificial turf – the surface it had originally considered but opted against, TODAY has learnt. This means that less than six months after the new stadium was opened, the S$800,000 Desso GrassMaster pitch – a hybrid of synthetic and natural grass– faces the prospect of being replaced with an all-new synthetic surface.

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NATIONAL STADIUM MATCH TICKETS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR MOST S'POREANS

Even the Bundesliga charges lower for their games. You can watch Bayern Munchen and Borussia Dortmund at around 5 Euros (standing). For the equivalent of S$18, you can be assured of a seat, and that's top class football. What's the SSC and FAS trying to prove? Unless the operator is sacked and replaced by a local who understands the passion and means of ordinary Singaporeans, then the National Stadium will continue to be a rip-off and a soulless stadium for the rich, for concerts and for foreign teams to come play for a fee. It cannot be considered a National Stadium for Singaporeans.

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GOVT: WE WON'T PAY S'PORE SPORTS HUB A SINGLE CENT UNTIL PITCH IS UP TO STANDARD

Sport Singapore (SportSG), the governing body for Singapore sports, maintains that it will not pay for the Singapore Sports Hub until the National Stadium pitch is of a standard befitting the magnitude of the sports events being held at the new arena. In a statement released by chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin on Tuesday, SportSG said that the pitch remains one of the key deliverables that SportsHub Pte Ltd (SHPL) has yet to fulfil, in spite of promises and assurances given in the past to the government and the public.

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Sport Singapore backs S'pore-M'sia football match delay

Announced in February as the first football match to take place at the new National Stadium, the game was expected to attract a capacity crowd. Mr Lim said having large crowds in the new facility could raise operational concerns. He also said the systems at the SportsHub needed to be run through less complex events to avoid potential problems.

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