Since it opened on 30 June 2014, the Singapore Sports Hub was on my must-visit radar. So, when I found out that The Singapore Selection was playing Juventus Football Club in a friendly match on 16 August 2014, I made it a point to buy tickets so that I could enjoy the new National Stadium, which is part of the Hub, and support our Singapore team at the same time.
I must say that when I arrived at the 35-hectare Singapore Sports Hub, I was quickly swept away by the excitement and flurry that filled the air. There were football fans getting ready to enter the National Stadium to support the Home team, there were diners, shoppers, families and the curious – like me. All keen and eager to visit our new national sports icon.
The Singapore Sports Hub comprises a wide range of venues, namely, a 55,000-capacity National Stadium, 6,000-capacity Aquatics Centre, 3,000-capacity Sports Arenas, a Water Sports Centre, a Library and about 41,000 sqm of retail and dining space. Before the big game, I decided to roam the shopping and dining area named the Kallang Wave. A huge shopping centre featuring a wide range of international fashion brands, sports wear as well as a large variety of dining choices, I easily lost track of time in the mall!
Just before the match began, I quickly made my way to the National Stadium. The best part about the new Sports Hub is how close the National Stadium is to the shopping mall. It took just five minutes to get from the shopping mall to my seat! How convenient!
When I entered the National Stadium, I was blown away. The 55,000-seater stadium was unlike anything else in Singapore. Featuring the world’s largest free-standing dome, the National Stadium also boasts a retractable roof and customisable, mechanised and automated retractable seating configurations on the lowest tier making it suitable to host a wide range of sports, concerts and other events.
What I found the most breathtaking was the view of the city skyline and the water. How magnificent! How beautiful!
While the Singapore Selection lost to Juventus Football Club, I left content. I felt happy that I had the opportunity to visit this amazing stadium and be part of history, watching the first ever football game played in the new National Stadium.
Upcoming concerts and events held at the National Stadium include:
Mariah Carey, “Me. I am Mariah”, Friday, 24 October 2014
Jay Chou, “Opus 2 Jay 2014 World Tour”, Saturday, 8 November 2014
Asia Pacific Dragons vs Maori All Blacks XV’s Match, Saturday, 15 November 2014
One Direction, “On the Road Again”, Wednesday, 11 March 2015
If you are staying at Capella Singapore during any one of these periods, I strongly recommend contacting our Personal Assistants who will be able to assist with ticket bookings and transport. They can be reached at +65 6591 5034/35 / firstname.lastname@example.org.