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SINGAPORE’S SPORTS HUB IMPRESSES

A scale model of the Singapore Sports Hub, it is to be a hub for sports and activities beyond sport

‘If you build it they will come,’ goes the paraphrase from Field of Dreams. And Singapore are. And it looks like we will be unable to resist coming to what will be, on completion in April 2014, a state-of-the-art sporting venue for Asia, the Singapore Sports Hub. One that, among its many uses, is set for a 35,000 seat cricket stadium. “It is an amazing development, very impressive, one that can offer a lot to the cricket world beyond Singapore,” says Singapore Cricket Association President K.H. Imran.

The facility on the site of the old Kallang Airport in south east Singapore is half a kilometre from the boundary edge of the current national cricket ground. While domestic cricket will continue to be played (with a pause for the SEA Games of 2015) at the current Kallang ground for the foreseeable future, the Sports Hub has been designed to host day-night One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. It will also be the only stadium in the world that is custom-built to host football, rugby, cricket and athletic events in one venue.

A drop-in pitch (as used at the MCG and in New Zealand), with specially cultivated hybrid grass grown in an adjoining nursery, along with the most sophisticated lighting will create the appropriate conditions for cricket. The retractable roof, about 150 metres at its highest, will close when necessary thus ensuring play at all times.

Along with the prospect of international fixtures is the possibility of the International Cricket Council moving its headquarters from Dubai to Singapore. Quoted in the Singapore national daily Straits Times, the ICC Vice President Mustafa Kamal who was in the island state for the Final of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup, said, “Location-wise, Singapore is a good place. The Government is also keen to support cricket here. The ICC board is seriously thinking about relocating to Singapore and a decision will be made soon.”

Singapore Sports Hub

Filed August 29th, 2013



 
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