Is National Stadium really a #stadiumforconcerts?

The National Stadium becomes an indoor stadium for concerts.

Tan Xing Qi| October 15, 02:04 PM

Now that Baihakki Khaizan's strongly-worded criticism of the National Stadium has stirred up something in Singaporeans, decides to put his hashtag - #stadiumforconcerts - to the test.

We already know that Taiwan pop star Jay Chou's gig will go ahead as scheduled on Nov.8, 2014. But a quick check on Sports Hub Tix reveals that two other acts are scheduled to perform at the Grand Old Dame.

American powerhouse Mariah Carey (Oct. 24, 2014) 

Mariah Carey Sports Hub tix


Brit sensation One Direction (March 11, 2015)

One Direction Sports hub tix

In the same six month period (Oct. 2014 to March 2015), there are only two scheduled sports event happening at the National Stadium on Sports Hub Tix: The exhibition rugby match headlined by the Maori All Blacks and football tournament the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014.

Sports or concerts?

However, these two events seem to be in jeopardy.

According to Reuters, the rugby match might be under threat because of the pitch.

"The Jay Chou concert we will not be cancelled and for the Maori All Blacks against the Asia Pacific Dragons, we are in discussions with the event promoter now," Sports Hub CEO Jin Teik Oon told reporters on Monday.

Asked to confirm if the rugby would go ahead, Oon was vague.

"Keeping all options open," he said.

The Suzuki Cup is not even scheduled on Sports Hub Tix. It was reported earlier that AFF will announce today if the tournament will still proceed at the National Stadium or be moved to an alternative venue.

In a statement released by Sport Singapore chief Lim Teck Yin, he said that Singapore had been confirmed as the co-host for the AFF Suzuki Cup since April 4, 2013.

That's more than a year to prepare for the biennial football competition. Given Singapore's propensity for preparation and pedantry, this smacks of disbelief.

The only good thing

At least the fiasco has alerted the government. In the same strongly-worded statement by Lim, he said that Sports Hub will be held accountable and payment will be held back if the pitch is not fixed as promised.

Baihakki, it seems that you are right after all.


Top photo from here.

If you like what you read, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates.