Team Singapore athletes, representing rugby, netball and football, posing in front of the Sports Hub at the Sports Hub Events Preview on 27 February. (Photo by VoxSports)
The Sports Hub is slated to host numerous events when it finally opens its doors to the public, while several more are in the pipelines. The World Club 10s tournament for rugby will be the first event to be held at the mega-arena.
"We have had rugby events since the Singapore 7s in 2006. Yet, they have all not had the same lustre the grand dame had provided," said Singapore Rugby Union President Mr Low Teo Ping (below).
He added: "We hope to reignite the Singapore spirit with the Kallang Road and Kallang Wave as we support Team Singapore Rugby and make it affordable to bring international events at affordable prices for all Singaporeans and people in Asia."
This event will be followed by the Lions playing their first game at the venue against traditional rivals Malaysia for a friendly on 8 August.
"We have chosen this date specially and you would also know this is one day before our National Day. It will be a great atmosphere, a day for us to celebrate and of course we hope it will be a good game," said Football Association of Singapore Mr Zainudin Nordin.
"You know this rivalry has been going on for the longest time, it is one of the fiercest rivalries and I think it would be something all of us would want to see," he added.
But the biggest event of the year will undoubtedly be the AFF Suzuki Cup, which will be held in Singapore at the end of the year.
The next edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup will be held at the Sports Hub at the end of the year. (Photo by Singapore Sports Council)
The event has, in the past, attracted throngs of fans and filled the old National Stadium to its brim, and Mr Zainudin was confident the event would be well-received once again.
"Looking forward, the next edition of the SEA Games will be held at the Sports Hub, and all of us know that football will be one of the events, and when we look at creating this atmosphere, I hope we bring back this atmosphere not only about sports but it is also about the Singapore spirit," Mr Zainudin added.
Sports Hub will also play host to several other events, including the OUE Singapore Open for badminton, mixed martial arts ONE Fighting Championship and Women’s Tennis Association Championships in the Indoor Stadium.
The other facilities will see the Southeast Asia Swimming Championships and Fina World Cup swimming held at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, while the OCBC Arena will host the World University Floorball Championships and Asian Netball Championship.
Catch our national netball players, including Cheryl Ann Lee (above), in action at the Sports Hub during the Asian Netball Championship. (Photo by VoxSports)
Watch out for these sporting events at the Sports Hub:
- World Club 10s tournament
- Singapore vs Malaysia football friendly
- AFF Suzuki Cup
- OUE Singapore Open
- ONE Fighting Championship
- Women’s Tennis Association Championships
- Southeast Asia Swimming Championships
- Fina World Cup swimming
- World University Floorball Championships
- Asian Netball Championship