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National Stadium

Singapore’s largest sport landmark is the National Stadium, which was opened on 31 July 1973.  It has a seating capacity of over 50,000 with an additional 8,000 sq metres of space for exhibitions, shops and training facilities.

Plans for the National Stadium were drafted in 1965 and in 1966, the first pile was driven into the ground.  In July 1973, the National Stadium was completed in time for Singapore to host the 7th Southeast Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games.  Since then, numerous sports events, concerts and other events were held at the Stadium.  During the peak of the Malaysia Cup soccer competition, the stadium overflowed with fans whose vociferous cheering gave brith to the fabled Kallang Roar.

The biggest non-sports event held at the stadium is the National Day Parade.  As the Stadium will be torn down in 2007 to make way for a new sports complex (with seating capacity of 55,000 and a retractable roof), it hosted its last National Day Parade on 9 August 2006.  The new stadium will be ready in 2010.

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Written by victorkoo

15 October, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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