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Singapore Indoor Stadium to be replaced by ‘best-in-class’ arena

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The multi-purpose Singapore Indoor Stadium is set to make way for a new “best-in-class” arena as part of plans to enhance the surrounding Kallang Alive precinct.

Singapore Indoor Stadium can house up to 15,000 fans for music events and 12,000 for sport. The venue forms part of the wider Singapore Sports Hub, which anchors Kallang Alive.

The Singapore Government has owned the Singapore Sports Hub since 2022 and the plans for a new arena have been announced today (Thursday) by Edwin Tong, Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.

Tong said the new arena would have at least the same capacity as Singapore Indoor Stadium. The current venue would remain open until the new arena is built, although no timeline has been announced for the project.

Singapore Indoor Stadium opened in 1989 and it has hosted mixed martial arts, tennis, wrestling, netball, badminton and various other sports over the years, along with concerts from the likes of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. It is unclear whether the venue will be demolished once the new arena opens.

“The hosting of high-quality international events is valuable, and also highly sought after,” Tong said, according to the Straits Times newspaper. “Our competitors are not standing still and we, likewise, must continue to innovate and evolve if we want to continue to attract top-tier events.

“We believe that it is now an opportune time to develop a new indoor arena that will be among the best in class globally. We have gone around to study some of the best arenas in the world, to learn from them.”

Tong said the new arena would be capable of hosting a wider range of events and provide a better overall experience for guests.

Later this year, the Singapore Sports Hub will open four new venues: Kallang Tennis Hub, Kallang Football Hub, a baseball/softball facility, and new basketball courts at the former Bedok Swimming Complex.