After all the jokes and choice words about the state of the pitch at the Singapore Sports Hub, sporting sense finally prevailed - Jay Chou is going to wait for his turn so that the pitch can recuperate and hopefully grow a full body of grass.
Singapore Sports Hub chief operating officer Oon Jin Teik released a statement last evening saying that the Taiwan pop star's gig will be postponed to Dec. 27, 2014.
Jay Chou was slated to grace the Grand Old Dame on Nov. 8. The reschedule was probably due to the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup happening on Nov. 23.
Oon said: "As we now begin to look forward to the AFF Suzuki Cup next month, we have had to make some difficult decisions to ensure this regional competition has the best chance for success with regards to the quality of the National Stadium pitch."
An AFF regulation states that the stadiums should not hold any matches or events for a minimum of 15 working days prior to the AFF Suzuki Cup first match. Singapore is slated to play Thailand in the opener on Nov. 23.
Another event, the exhibition rugby match headlined by the All Blacks on Nov. 15, is still in limbo.
In a working style so un-Singapore, the AFF hasn't made up its mind on whether the Suzuki will remain at the National Stadium or switch to another local venue or a different country. A decision, however, is expected next week.
At least one thing is for sure: It's a correct and sensible move by Sports Hub.
But Mariah Carey's show will go on next Friday, albeit with the stage repositioned.
Jay Chou fans looking for refunds can call 6333 5000 or 3158 7888 by 8pm on Nov. 9. Hardcore fans can still use their existing tickets for the Dec. 27 show.