The spectacular, 55,000-capacity National Stadium is Singapore’s largest all-weather sports and events venue. Part of the Singapore Sports Hub, the National Stadium is well worth exploring. Let us bring you some fascinating facts and figures about this iconic landmark.
1. It’s actually part of an enormous sports complex
Where else will you find a state-of-the-art, fully-integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub? While the National Stadium is the jewel in its crown, the 35-hectare Singapore Sports Hub also includes world-class facilities like an Olympic-sized aquatic centre, a multi-purpose arena and a water sports centre. Add on the Singapore Sports Museum, a sports library and of course the aptly-named Kallang Wave shopping mall, and you just might want to spend your whole weekend there.
2. A retractable roof keeps out the rain
When it rains in Singapore, it pours. In the old days, you’d just have to get wet (remember the disposable raincoats in the NDP goodie bag?), but the National Stadium was built with the latest technology: a retractable roof. That makes the venue an indoor stadium. It covers 95% of the seats, takes about 20 minutes to open or close, and is made of cutting-edge weather-resistant material that blocks out the sun’s heat as well as the rain. And that’s not all; the roof also doubles as a giant projector screen!
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3. A cooling system that’s better than air con
To keep 55,000 people cool and comfortable in our tropical heat, you’d need some pretty powerful air-conditioning, right? Wrong. The National Stadium has an innovative bowl cooling system, where cool air of 23 degrees is pumped from underneath all seats, using less than 15% of the energy required for similar conventional air-conditioned stadiums. It’s also partially powered by solar panels, making it even more environmentally-friendly.
4. Rearrangeable seating
The lowest tier of seats can be mechanically and automatically retracted, making the National Stadium the only stadium in the world able to accommodate events from football, rugby, cricket and athletics, to concerts, cultural shows and community events at any time of the year. Design versatility? Yes, we want to be prepared for everything!
5. World records: we like being #1
With a dome of 312 metres in diameter, the National Stadium currently holds the record of the largest dome structure in the world, beating the United States’ Cowboys Stadium by a whopping 37 metres.
If that’s not enough, during its opening on 28 June 2014, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra broke the Guinness World Record for largest Chinese Drum Ensemble, with over 4,557 musicians from school and community groups performing. (This record has since been overtaken at the Hong Kong Coliseum by the Hong Kong Federation of Young Groups.)
6. What’s on in the Singapore National Stadium: from singers to sports
From epic concerts to star-studded football and rugby matches, the National Stadium plays host to the most hotly anticipated events in Singapore. You can see what’s on at the National Stadium each month.
7. Get there in convenience and comfort
The Singapore National Stadium is served by its very own MRT station on the Circle Line, which will deposit you right outside the Kallang Wave mall. Appropriately-named “Stadium”, the station won the President’s Design Award 2010 for its futuristic-looking design. If you’re coming from elsewhere, it’s a 10-15 minute walk via sheltered walkway from both Kallang station (East-West Line) and Mountbatten station (Circle Line).
Originally published in July 2014 and updated in May 2020. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.