Rugby World Club 10s is first sporting event held at 55,000-seat centrepiece of new Singapore Sports Hub
Ahead of its official opening next year, the new National Stadium opened its doors this weekend to the first sporting event there, and xinmsn got a first look at the structure that replaced the "Grand Old Dame".
Against the backdrop of the World Club 10s, we saw how this 55,000 seater possesses shades of the old yet flaunts how it is set to rejuvenate the Kallang area. The retractable domed roof is the most obvious, able to combat the elements within 20 minutes. The west stand, however, has been left open, framing a view of the country's famous skyline. The other key feature is the cooled seating - every of the randomly red and white chairs will feel "air-conditioned".
Seven years after the old stadium closed, the new one will become the centrepiece of the $1.3-billion Singapore Sports Hub, which includes an indoor arena, an aquatic centre, a watersports centre, a mall and a sheltered promenade. The public can enjoy the facilities for free from 30 Jun to 31 Jul, subject to their availability.
The eight-team rugby tournament was won by the Blues from New Zealand, after an extra-time final against Australian rivals the Brumbies. Two local players, Reiner Leong and Jonathan Lee, flew the nation's flag by turning out for the Dragons and Biarritz Olympique respectively, with Leong racking up three tries.
Click on for pictures of the National Stadium and the World Club 10s