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
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
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!
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)
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!
5. World records: we like being #1
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
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
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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