28 June 2014
We lived in Old Airport Rd area and this means we overlook the National Stadium. Before you were born, we witnessed a few fireworks showers burst before our eyes every National Day.
This grand dame was demolished in 2007, which left us “stadiumless” for nearly 7 years. Due to the 2008 financial crisis, reconstruction work did not start till 2010, and this time, a grander vision for a sports hub was laid out. As it turned out, it was a sports hub with a shopping mall, a world-class pool, and a world-class 55,000-seater stadium with the 310-metre retractable roof dome as its centrepiece.
After spending S$1.87 billion and missing one opening deadline, the stadium finally opened its doors today amidst much fanfare. The largest 5,000 Chinese orchestra was even held at night, graced by the Prime Minister. Grace was in Singapore again, so you got to witness this significant moment with her. Looks like this is your 2nd monumentous one, after witnessing the first Youth Olympics opening in 2010. Lucky you.
We hope this stadium will be one of the spotlights in your life, perhaps you’ll watch many games and concerts here in your lifetime and play there ever so often. Treasure what life offers your generation.