Inaugural World Club 10s Rugby : Sports Hub reopens in 2014!

World Club 10s Rugby is the first event that Singapore Sports Hub is hosting after completing a 1.33 billion dollars makeover. As the centre-piece of the sports hub, the National Stadium, with a capacity of 55,000 reopens to host this inaugural event!


World Club 10s Rugby @ Sports Hub Singapore National Stadium

 Smart design and colouring of the seats (notice the varied white and red national colours?)
Smart design and colouring of the seats (notice the varied white and red national colours?)

 Can you see the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands in the distance?
Can you see the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands in the distance?

During the matches of World Club 10s Rugby, teams also interacted with the fans through photo taking opportunities and even a traditional dance (akin to the All Blacks Haka) performed by the Samoan Team!

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Petrarca – An Italian Rugby Team

 Samoan Team performing topless traditional dance!
Samoan Team performing topless traditional dance!


Traditional dance performed by the Samoan Team

Upon entering into the new national stadium, we experienced a vibe similar to that of what we have experienced during World Cup 2006 in Germany. The stadium is HUGE and coloured with our national colours of white and red. Smart colouring of white among the red (and vice versa) gives an illusion of seats being taken up and not empty.

In the distance, you’ll also realise that the whole stadium is orientated in such a way that it faces the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands! Closer to the seats, there’s an internal cooling system which you’ll feel at your feet as you get seated down. Because of the design of the dome, you’ll get great perspective of the field no matter where you’re seated – a sign of a world class stadium!

 Clear view of the matches at new national stadium
Clear view of the matches at new national stadium

 Can you spot the rugby ball?
Can you spot the rugby ball?

For a befitting end to the inaugural World Club 10s Rugby, the finals was played between the Blues from New Zealand (captained by Piri Weepu of the New Zealand All Blacks) and the Brumbies from Australia! It was a very close match right from the start and the end of regular time, the match ended in a 5-5 tie. This meant that the match went into extra time “golden point” with the Blues winning it deep into the 2nd period of extra time!

 Blues and Brumbies at 5-5 at the end of regular time
Blues and Brumbies at 5-5 at the end of regular time

 Before the start of the first period of extra time
Before the start of the first period of extra time

 At the end of the first period of extra time
At the end of the first period of extra time

 The Blues winning the World Club 10s Rugby in the 2nd period of extra time!
The Blues winning the World Club 10s Rugby in the 2nd period of extra time!

 Final score of inaugural World Club 10s Rugby!
Final score of inaugural World Club 10s Rugby!


How to get to Sports Hub National Stadium


Map of Singapore Sports Hub

There are several ways to reach the Singapore Sports Hub. You can either take the circle line to Stadium MRT station or Mountbatten MRT station (and walk about 600m) or take the east line and alight at Kallang MRT station. That walk would be about 600 metres as well.

Alternatively, buses 10, 11, 14, 16, 70, 70M and 196 alights close to the national stadium or within the sports hub.

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After visiting the National Stadium, we’re really proud that we finally have a world class stadium at the sports hub that we can call our own! Good job Team Singapore!

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