The Singapore Government has announced that it has terminated the project agreement with Sports Hub Pte Ltd (SHPL) the consortium which currently runs the Singapore Sports Hub, and will take over full ownership and management of the Sports Hub at the end of the year.
This has been revealed by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong in a Facebook post.
The facility will be run by government agency Sport Singapore from 9 December 2022.
The agreement with the consortium, a public private partnership project was due to run out in 2035.
The Sports Hub “must therefore be more accessible, vibrant, and open to a range of different activities and to a broad spectrum of our society.
“We want more Singaporeans to come to the National Stadium, to develop an affinity with, and feel proud of our stadium and its sporting infrastructure, which should also very much be part of our day to day lived sporting experience.”
Tong added that he hopes to see more school events, community sport programs and other events, and regularly open the doors for the casual jogger or stroller to exercise at the stadium tracks in the evenings.
“If we build a strong affinity for the Sports Hub, our TeamSG athletes will also know that each time they compete in that arena, our fans will be there to rock the house down with their support.”
Tong added that the Government will work with SHPL to “ensure a smooth, seamless handover.”
Singapore is due to host the Southeast Asian Games again in 2029.
“Much more important to me is for our National Stadium to be open and accessible to all Singaporeans,” he added in his post.
“From world class events, to sport enthusiasts engaging in an active lifestyle, to everyday Singaporeans participating in community fringe events, we must turn the Sports Hub into a sporting home for all to enjoy,” he said.
PHOTO: EDWIN TONG FACEBOOK