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Posted: 17 November 2004 1704 hrs

No temporary stadium when National Stadium is demolished
By S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: There are no plans to build a temporary stadium in place of the National Stadium at Kallang when it is demolished for the building of the new sports hub.

The Acting Minister for the Community Development, Youth and Sports says Singapore also does not need an intermediate size stadium for the moment.

Replying to questions in Parliament, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan stressed what's needed is the optimal use of the existing regional stadiums in Singapore for sporting and other activities.

He said: "The Ministry will work to ensure that the facilities are affordable. But having said that, you also have to bear in mind that at the end of the day someone still has to pay for it. It is a question of how much the user will pay versus how much you want the taxpayers to pay. Our prime focus should be to get the overall cost down and we can do that best by running things cost- efficiently."

As for the sports hub, tenders will be called next year and construction start in 2007.

It should be completed by 2010.
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redstone said:
So where would those big sports events be held? Jalan Besar?
Still got Singapore Indoor Stadium mah......I don't think they're demolishing that as well right??

Don't think they'll be hosting any big events b4 the hub is completed.......:yes:
 

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April 5, 2005
55,000-seat stadium for new sports city
$650m hub to have a 6,000-seat indoor arena and an aquatic centre as well

By Tay Cheng Koon
Deputy Sports Editor

SINGAPORE'S new national stadium will be a $225-million venue with seating for 55,000 when it is ready by 2010.

It will have a retractable roof, enabling it to be converted into a huge indoor arena for concerts, exhibitions, mass rallies and other events.

Rising at the Kallang site of the existing National Stadium, it will be the centrepiece of the $650-million sports hub.

'We envisage a bold and beautiful stadium at the heart of a vibrant and pulsating sports city that will be host to world-class sporting events and concerts,' said Mr David Tan, director (sports) at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports yesterday.

The sports complex will also have a 400m warm-up track, an aquatic centre for swimming, diving and water polo and a multi-purpose indoor arena which can seat 6,000 for sports such as martial arts, volleyball and basketball.

While the 32-year-old National Stadium will be pulled down, the 15-year-old Singapore Indoor Stadium (SIS) nearby will be retained and refurbished.

In a brochure for potential private-sector partners, the ministry said the project calls for a creative fusion of talent, facilities, capital and entrepreneurial flair.

Builders will thus be given significant freedom in how to transform the Kallang area.

The brochure describes a vision for:

# A cluster of world-class venues for international sporting and entertainment events;

# A lifestyle hub with sports as a theme which will be financially viable and popular on event and non-event days alike;

# A national icon and global attraction.

The sports hub will occupy 35.6ha. It extends from Nicoll Highway to the SIS (excluding the Leisure Drome and Kallang Theatre), and from the Kallang River to near the tennis and squash centre.

Apart from the main sports venues, there will also be supporting leisure and commercial developments, including health and fitness centres, bowling alleys, snooker parlours as well as food and drink outlets.

The ministry is also open to ideas on related projects such as service apartments, shopping malls and waterfront developments.

Apart from the sports hub, the Government has also reserved another 3.5ha site - at the present Kallang Water Sports Centre - for the market to come up with creative uses which could include, for example, a boutique hotel.

With 55,000 seats, the new stadium will have the same capacity as the existing one.

When questioned why the Government was not going for something bigger, Mr Tan said: 'Our studies showed that the figure is just right.'

At present, the biggest event held at the stadium is the National Day Parade.

Mr Tan said: 'How often do we get sports events like the Tiger Cup final which can attract 55,000 fans?

'The new facilities should be good enough even if we decide to host the Asian Games or the South-east Asia Games in future.'

The retractable roof of the new stadium will also make it international class. Among the modern stadiums worldwide that have this are Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in Wales, venue of the last FA Cup soccer final, and Japan's Oita Stadium, which hosted three World Cup matches in 2002.

With the new Boulevard MRT Stadium expected to be ready by 2010, the hope is that the Kallang Hub will be a hive of sporting activities, not only at the competitive level but also for the social sports.

A ministry-led team will present the sports hub concept to interested parties from the private sector at road shows here, in London and Australia.

Pre-qualification of potential tenderers will be done this July, invitations to tender in October and the selection of the successful bidder by Sept next year.

Mr Tan said that the plans are not cast in stone and the Government will be open to feedback from the private sector. 'If the people tendering feel, for example, that Singapore does not need another indoor arena, we are prepared to listen to their arguments.'

Construction work is expected to start in 2007 and finish by 2010.

$650m sports hub


# The new $225-million National Stadium will have a retractable roof. That means it can be converted into a huge indoor arena for concerts, exhibitions, mass rallies and other events. Ready by 2010.

# A 400m warm-up track.

# An aquatic centre for swimming, diving and water polo.

# A multi-purpose indoor arena that can seat 6,000 for sports such as martial arts, volleyball and basketball.

# The 15-year-old Indoor Stadium will be refurbished.

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Business Times - 05 Apr 2005

S'pore invites tenders for $650m sports centre

SINGAPORE - Singapore has invited prospective bidders to build a S$650 million (US$400 million) sports centre, the Government said on Tuesday.

The proposed Sports Hub, which would be the Republic's largest sports and leisure development, will be situated on a 35-ha site on the outskirts of the business district.

The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports said in a statement that the sports centre will be a 'national icon' that would cater to international sporting and entertainment events.

Its centrepiece will be a 55,000-capacity stadium featuring a retractable roof, set to replace the existing National Stadium built in 1973.

A new 6,000 capacity multi-purpose indoor arena, as well as other leisure and commercial developments, will also be built in the surrounding area.

The Government hopes to select a successful bidder in September next year.

Construction work on the project will commence in 2007 and is expected to be completed by 2010.

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April 12, 2005
Build a sports stadium with bigger capacity

IT IS disappointing to note that the existing National Stadium, which can seat 55,000, will be replaced by a stadium with the same capacity ('55,000-seat stadium for new sports city'; April 5).

What is the difference? Only a newer stadium with a few more facilities. There is a lack of vision on what a stadium with a larger capacity can accomplish.

Mr David Tan, director (sports) at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, was quoted as saying: 'Our studies showed that the figure is just right.'

What studies have been done? Was the figure based on past attendance records at the existing stadium? Has Singapore ever had the opportunity to host a 100,000-capacity crowd at the National Stadium?

As the new stadium will be Singapore's showpiece for the next 30 to 40 years, let's have a bigger stadium and a greater vision than what we have now.

Make Singaporeans proud of their new sports stadium.

Rodney Wong Kei Kong

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July 4, 2005
Wembley designer eyes S'pore sports hub contract
It hopes the $650m complex in Kallang will be its first major project in region

By Marc Lim
Sports Correspondent

CARDIFF'S Millennium Stadium, London's Wembley, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and, hopefully, Singapore's sports hub in 2010.

The common factor? Architectural firm HOK Sport + Venue + Event, which has offices in the United States, Australia and London.

The company has taken on mammoth projects such as the Millennium and Wembley.

Now it is vying to build the $650 million sports hub and is keen to secure its first major project in South-east Asia.

'We're behind the Nanjing Sports Park in China and have done some smaller work in Malaysia,' senior principal Rod Sheard told The Straits Times in a phone interview from London last week.

'But we are keen to get the sports hub and have it be a showcase in the region.

'Stadium design is at a crossroads and we are moving away from just having a sport facility.

'Stadia all over the world are now symbols of what sports entertainment should be, with shopping malls, arcade areas and restaurants.'

The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports - which will oversee the construction of the sports hub - has already distributed pre-qualification documents to interested firms.

The bidding process will not start till next year, with a decision scheduled for September.

Construction is expected to start in 2007, when the National Stadium will be torn down, and finish by 2010.

Although his firm has yet to submit a formal bid, Sheard envisions that plans will resemble those of two of its biggest projects to date: Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and Wembley.

He said: 'What we're looking at is not just building a stadium but also transforming the whole area where it stands.'

By the time their stadium is completed in August next year, Arsenal will be the 'third-largest real estate developers in the United Kingdom'.

'The new stadium project will also create over 2,000 new homes and 1,800 new jobs in the Borough of Islington.'

He added: 'Wembley, for example, will not only be known for sports.

'It will have London's four biggest restaurants within the stadium and will boast two million square feet of free space.'

The sports hub will include construction of a 400m warm-up track, an aquatic centre and a 6,000-capacity multi-purpose indoor arena.

But, with 35.6ha set aside, it will be able to accommodate supporting leisure and commercial developments such as bowling alleys, malls and serviced apartments.

A regular visitor to Singapore, Sheard sees no better location for the sports hub.

He said: 'It will have a nice view of the city, yet it is away from the city centre.

'The venue will serve as a strong link between the city and the heartlands.'

Of the ministry pre-requisite of a retractable weather-proof roof for the hub's main stadium, he said: 'It's more challenging to design a stadium with a retractable roof but, in Singapore, it's only practical.

'But we will make our design stand out. Like Wembley has its arch, the Singapore sports hub will also have an iconic symbol.'

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Sports hub? Here come the lawyers

Mediation of sports disputes will come to the fore

Tuesday • July 5, 2005

Lee U-Wen
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WHILE Singapore is eager to grab a slice of the US$38 billion ($64.4 billion) global sports entertainment industry, it needs to first create more avenues for the resolution of sports disputes.

This means having a strong pool of trained sports lawyers and enhancing the country's arbitration and mediation capabilities, said Community Development, Youth and Sports minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

Dr Balakrishnan was addressing more than 70 sports executives and lawyers from around the world at an inaugural, sports law conference. The two-day event, titled The Business of Sport and the Law in Asia, was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel yesterday.

Said Dr Balakrishnan: "There will be sports lawyers, just as there are medical and legal ones. In the sports entertainment industry, the revenue comes from multiple sources and there's a lot at stake for both the individual and corporations. It should not come as a surprise that there will be disputes."

Although Singapore already has formal arbitration and mediation centres, enhancing these areas "would allow our athletes and sports officials to bring up malpractice and legal issues in a tribunal setting" without having to go to court, he explained.

Agreeing that having more trained lawyers specialising in sports law would be a boon for the country as it aspires to become a regional sports hub, senior lawyer Annabel Pennefather — a founding member of the Sport Law Practice Group — said: "At the moment, the industry is very small, but there's growth potential."

But event organisers and businesses too have to see the positive spin-offs of engaging such lawyers, argued lawyer Michael Palmer from Harry Elias Partnership. "Many foreigners want to see firm guidelines which clearly detail dispute-resolution clauses," he said, adding that "getting lawyers involved in drawing up agreements is not easy in the sporting world, especially if there's a lack of funding. People will avoid paying if they can help it."

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SWIMMING
Singapore could stage Asian meet
Top swimming stars could be drawn here if the Republic is chosen as the venue

By Nicholas Fang

SINGAPORE could play host to Asian swimming stars such as Japan's Kosuke Kitajima - if the Singapore Swimming Association succeeds in bringing the 7th Asian Swimming Championships here next year.

Apart from the Olympic gold medallist and world record-holder, top swimmers from regional powerhouses such as China could also compete in Singapore.

The event would be the largest international swimming meet to be hosted by the Republic since the swimming events at the 1993 South-east Asia Games.

SSA official Jeffrey Leow believes that such an event would be a huge boost for local swimming.

'The new committee at SSA has been looking out for a suitable international event to host ever since we took over last year,' he told The Straits Times yesterday.

'Allowing our own athletes to take part in a major event at home makes a big difference, as more of our swimmers will be able to compete without the stress of travelling to a foreign environment.

'If we manage to bring it in, the event will be a great experience not just for the swimmers but for the entire swimming community as a whole.'

While details of the competition's likely date, venue and sponsors are still being worked out, the meet will prove significant for Asian swimmers as it will precede the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, in December next year. Many countries will use the Asian Championships to gauge their swimmers' performances and select teams for the Games.

If Singapore does host the Championships, Toa Payoh Swimming Complex appears the most suitable venue, given its history as the site of the 1993 SEA Games.

The Singapore Sports School is another possible candidate.

The SSA held the first Singapore National Swimming Championships at the Sports School in June and could likely stage the Asian meet at the same ve- nue.

However, the lack of a deep pool could see the diving and synchronised swimming events shifted to other locations.

Local swimmers welcomed the chance to compete in a major event at home, with Leslie Kwok saying the prospect was definitely exciting.

'I was planning on retiring after this year's Manila SEA Games in November, but the chance to end my career at home in such a major event might just persuade me to carry on a little longer,' he said yesterday.

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Sept 15, 2005
High hopes for skydiving drop zone in Singapore
Firm seeks govt nod to set up full-time facility for civilians

By Liaw Wy-Cin

MR JONATHAN Liew treks overseas about three times a year in pursuit of his passion - plummeting from an aircraft at 3,650m before parachuting to the ground.

So far, his skydiving hobby has cost the 27-year-old business development manager about $35,000 and 30 days away from his fiancee, Ms Sim Sin Ti, 27.

Soon, these sacrifices may not be necessary, if Singapore's only skydiving company, Aerial Trendz, receives permission to set up a permanent skydiving facility - or drop zone - right here at home.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has confirmed that it has received the company's application and is talking to relevant agencies as it studies the proposal.

It is not known when a decision can be expected.

The last dedicated drop zone in Singapore for civilian skydivers was at the old Changi Air Base, but that closed in the early 1980s to make way for the airport.

That left local skydivers with just the annual skydiving festival, which was organised at Marina South by Aerial Trendz in the past two years.

But Marina South is now off-limits too, as it is the site for one of the planned integrated resorts.

Aerial Trendz aims to position Singapore as the Asian hub for aerial extreme sports, attracting the coveted tourist dollar and transforming Singapore into a 'hip and exciting' place.

Its executive director of safety, training and operations, Mr Richard Chee, said there is no 'credible skydiving facility' in Asia.

'Even the Japanese, who are among the best skydivers in Asia, train in the United States. But the US and Europe are gradually seeing a slowdown in new student participation, while Asia is experiencing enthusiasm in extreme sports.

'Thus the next best place is here,' said the 35-year-old, who has more than 1,000 jumps under his belt.

In the 1970s, skydiving at the Changi Air Base was overseen by the Parachute Association of Singapore, started by soldiers serving with the British military forces in Singapore.

When they lost Changi Air Base as a drop zone, they moved to Sembawang Air Base for a while before intensive helicopter training there pushed them out of the airspace.

That spelt the end of the association, which was wound up in 1985.

There are skydiving facilities in the region, but they operate on an ad-hoc basis or require enthusiasts to travel several hours to the drop zone, said Mr Chee.

'Almost any point in Singapore is just 20 minutes from the city. Convenience is in our favour, as is our reputation for strict adherence to safety and the law,' he said.

About the closest thing to skydiving that the sport's enthusiasts can enjoy nearby is the wind tunnel at the Genting resort in Malaysia - several hours' drive from Singapore.

The wind tunnel simulates a skydiver's free fall, with people floating in a 3.6m-diameter column of air that is sucked upwards at speeds of almost 200kmh.

Skydivers often use this facility to practise formations and stunts.

Mr Chee estimates the development of a skydiving industry would create 60 to 80 jobs for aircraft technicians, pilots and coaches, as well as jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Aerial Trendz also has ambitious plans to set up a research and development facility to handle product design for parachuting equipment.

'Why should Singaporeans go to places like Australia, the US, Europe, or Thailand to jump, as well as train in the wind tunnel in Malaysia? Why not just do it right here? I want to bring people and the money from all over Asia here,' he said.

For Singaporean skydivers like Mr Lim Choo Beng, 34, a systems administrator, the appeal is much simpler.

'There's nothing like seeing all the familiar landmarks, roads and houses, as you float over your own country. It's a spectacular view and an awesome feeling,' he said.

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Sept 15, 2005
WATER SPORTS

Next step for S'pore: water sports hub
WaterFest will help showcase Republic as a water sports hub and tropical paradise

By Chan Yi Shen

COME next month, Singaporeans who love the sun, sand and water will be treated to a two-week-long festival of water sports and water-related activities around the island.

WaterFest Singapore will begin with the Sava Sprints International dragon boat race on Oct 8 and 9 and end with the HSBC Wakeboard World Cup on Oct 22 and 23.

While Singapore has hosted many major water-based events in the past such as the F1 Powerboat Grand Prix, the Wakeboard World Cup and the World Water Ski Championships, this is the first time the Sing- apore Sports Council is staging the events within a fortnight.

Said the event's organising committee chairman Low Teo Ping yesterday: 'This will help to raise the profile of water sports and showcase Singapore as a tropical paradise.

'In addition, we want to highlight and create awareness of how the water resources here can be used as venues for water sports.'

Added Daniel Metcalfe, the SSC's Chief (High Participation and Industry Development): 'This is a significant step in developing and showcasing Singapore as Asia's water sports hub.'

Besides the usual locations like East Coast Park and Bedok Reservoir, the new water playgrounds next month include two other reservoirs.

MacRitchie and Pandan reservoirs will be used by the Singapore Canoe Federation and the Singapore Rowing Association respectively for their open houses on Oct 22 and 23.

Bedok Reservoir will host the 2005 Wakeboard World Cup and East Coast Park will be the venue for the New Balance Corporate Triathlon.

The use of these water basins was made possible after the announcement to open up Singapore's reservoirs for water sports activities last October.

For the Quiksilver Teams Cup beach volleyball competition on Oct 15 and 16, some 200 lorryloads of sand will be transported to Marina Promenade.

Explained Metcalfe: 'A water festival makes sense, especially since Singapore is an island state. There may be a lack of land in Singapore but not water.

'That is where WaterFest Singapore comes in. It is a campaign that uses sports events to capture the essence, vibrancy and excitement of living in a tropical island like Singapore.'

Participants from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Macau, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Philippines will take part in the Sava Sprints International, the Wakeboard World Cup and the Teams Cup.

For fans hoping to get a first-hand taste of the action, there are the open houses for canoeing and rowing, as well as the WaterFest by the Bay carnival at the Marina Promenade, where various demonstrations and try-outs will be held for the public.

Metcalfe is confident that the event will be a big hit. He is expecting up to 30,000 spectators for the entire festival.

He said: 'We want to make WaterFest Singapore a regular feature on our sports calendar, one that encompasses existing international water sports events in Singapore and introduces new ones in the future.'

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WaterFest S'pore

Oct 8-9: Dragonboat - Sava Sprints International (Bedok Reservoir)

Oct 15-16: WaterFest by the Bay, Beach volleyball - Quiksilver Teams Cup Singapore (Marina Promenade)

Oct 22-23: New Balance Corporate Triathlon (East Coast Park), Canoeing Open House (MacRitchie Reservoir), Rowing Open House (Pandan Reservoir), HSBC Wakeboard World Cup (Bedok Reservoir)

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16 September 2005

F1 Powerboat promises fun-filled events at Marina
By Patwant Singh, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Fans going for the weekend's F1 Powerboat race at Marina can expect more than just action on the water.

A host of activities await them on land - from fashion, art and even a swimming pool complete with a beach.

While the action in the water is expected to make a splash, the fun will not stop there.

Organisers have lined up a wide array of activities to cater to all tastes.

For the first time, there will be an art display with a water theme, fashion specially designed for the F1 powerboat race, and for the more sporty, a handball court and bike stunts.

There is even a grandstand for 3,000 spectators.

For good measure, there is also a swimming pool complete with a beach.

And there are plans to even get the fans to dress in blue.

Helene Papillon, Business Development Director of Independent Sports Marketing, said: "Everyday there is something to see for the family, for the society, people with the different parties that we have, so there is really something for everyone throughout the ten days."

Another bonus for local fans is a local entry of a Singapore Marina Bay boat.

It was unveiled by National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan.

But during the launch, there was a minor glitch causing an elevated booth to buckle from overloading.

No one was injured and the floor was propped up within an hour.

Giancarlo Tschuor, CEO of Independent Sports Marketing, said: "But the structure the way it is built we have a safety factor in there. We have different beam covering the support of the floor itself so if one beam gives up on the bed, the other beam would hold it and it would never collapse."

The organisers also gave the assurance that all the activities will resume as normal on Saturday. - CNA/de

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20 September 2005

Shooting: Singapore to host 2006 Asian Clay championship
By Tan Yo-Hinn, TODAY

SINGAPORE : The sport of shooting in Singapore is set to receive a significant boost. Next year, the Asian Clay Shooting Championship, one of the continent's most prestigious events in the sport, will be held in Singapore.

Singapore won the right to host the event at an Asian Clay Target Shooting Federation (ACTSF) meeting in Bangkok two weeks ago. ACTSF member nations voted an overwhelming 11-2 in favour of Singapore over India.

Singapore Shooting Association president Chng Seng Mok, who attended the meeting, said: "Singapore will be hosting the event next year and we will be meeting soon to discuss the details and then a formal announcement will be made."

It is believed it will cost more than $100,000 to stage the event and the SSA are hoping it will boost the popularity of the sport here, especially in the schools.

The clay discipline consists of individual and team events for both men's and women's categories in the trap, double trap and skeet.

It is believed 17 countries have already confirmed their participation for the 2006 event, including powerhouses Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, India, China and Korea.

Several top Asian shooters are expected to be here, including former world trap champion and current world No 22 Khaled Al-Mudhaf of Kuwait and world and Asian No 2 in the double trap, Rathore Rajyavardhan Singh of India.

The venue for the event will likely be the National Shooting Centre in Choa Chu Kang, which currently has two clay ranges. It is believed there are plans to build a third clay range for the event.

Bangkok recently hosted the 2005 event and Singapore last hosted the championship in 1988. - TODAY

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