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Must-know facts about Singapore Sport Hub’s National Stadium

The spectacular, 55,000-capacity National Stadium is Singapore's largest all-weather sports and events venue. Part of the S$1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub, the National Stadium is well worth exploring. Skyscanner brings you some fascinating facts and figures about this iconic landmark.

Originally published on July 2014 and updated in October 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

1. It’s actually part of an enormous sports complex

Map of Singapore Sports Hub

Explore one of the world’s most stunning sports complexes. Photo credit: Singapore Sports Hub

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

Lasers shooting out from the retractable roof of the National Stadium.

The National Stadium is a marvel of technology. Photo credit: Singapore Sports Hub

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. 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 aircon

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.

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4. Rearrangeable seating (because we’re kiasu)

Bird's eye view of Singapore Sports Hub.

Whether you love rugby or concerts, the National Stadium is an iconic venue. Photo credit: Singapore Sports Hub

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!

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5. World records: we like being #1

Massive indoor stadium prepped for a sports match.

Say hello to the world’s largest dome. Photo credit: Singapore Sports Hub

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, the opening on 28 June 2014 saw the Singapore Chinese Orchestra break the Guinness world record for largest Chinese Drum Ensemble, with over 4,557 musicians from school and community groups performing at the mega-

6. What’s on: from singers to sports

Majestic stadium lit up with laser lights.

Watching a concert at the National Stadium is an epic experience. Photo credit: Singapore Sports Hub

From epic concerts to star-studded football and rugby matches, the National Stadium plays host to the most hotly anticipated events in Singapore. Upcoming events include blockbuster concerts by Britney Spears, the Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, as well as a football match between Argentina and Singapore.

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7. Get there in convenience and comfort

MRT station decorated with a mural depicting athletes in motion.

This isn’t your average MRT station. Photo credit: Jnzl’s Photos / Flickr

The 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).

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