Quality, volume of Singapore Sports Hub events calendar, programming below expectations: Edwin Tong
SINGAPORE: The quality and volume of the Singapore Sports Hub calendar of events has not lived up to what was envisioned, and the project has not been so successful in promoting and enhancing the vibrancy of sports and of community lifestyles, said the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. and Sports Edwin Tong in Parliament on Monday (August 1).
In a ministerial statement, Mr Tong said that while the current arrangement achieves “world-class sporting infrastructure”, it has not done enough to promote sufficient “community vibrancy”. in and around the Sports Hub.
From December 9, government agency Sport Singapore (SportSG) will take over ownership and management of the Sports Hub, an announcement made in June.
SportSG then said it had reached a mutual agreement with current operator SportsHub Pte Ltd (SHPL) to end their public-private partnership.
The 35-hectare Singapore Sports Hub was built at a cost of S$1.33 billion. Apart from the 55,000-capacity National Stadium, it also includes an indoor water arena, the OCBC multi-purpose arena, a water sports center, the Singapore Indoor Stadium, and the Kallang Wave Mall.
The project is a public-private partnership between the government and SHPL, a consortium made up of four companies: Infrared Capital Partners, Dragages Singapore, Cushman & Wakefield Facilities & Engineering and Global Spectrum Asia.
SHPL was engaged in 2010 and has a 25-year contract to design, build, finance and operate the Sports Hub.
WHY THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO TAKE HANDS
Responding to questions from MPs, Mr Tong said there was a “confluence of several reasons”, which led to the decision to end the partnership.
“In terms of getting a world-class sports infrastructure…I think we’ve achieved that. When we decided to redevelop the current National Stadium, the intention was to have a sports center capable of ‘organize major events,’ Tong said. .
“And thanks to the PPP (public-private partnership), which has worked well, we now have a world-class Sports Hub structure. It has won international accolades for its architectural design, hosted several major international events, including the International Champions Cup, HSBC Rugby 7s, and also more in tune with today’s concertgoers – BTS, U2 and Coldplay.”