9 reasons to be excited for the SEA Games in Singapore

2015 SEA Games mascot Nila poses outside the official merchandise store along Orchard Road (Photo via SINGSOC)
2015 SEA Games mascot Nila poses outside the official merchandise store along Orchard Road (Photo via SINGSOC)

Singapore will host the 28th edition of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from 5 to 16 June, after 22 long years. With the biennial sports meet forming part of the country’s 50th birthday celebrations, organisers have promised to spare no effort in producing a “memorable Games that Singaporeans can be part and proud of”. Here’s why we think you should start getting pumped.

1.     A real island-wide affair

Check out the competition venues:

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2.    Which will either cost you nothing to attend

 

Enjoy free admission to 18 out of 36 sports:

 

Photo via SINGSOC
Photo via SINGSOC

 

3.    Or very little

 

Tickets for the other half are affordably-priced from as low as S$2.50 up to S$20 tops. Season tickets come with a 50 per cent discount and are available for badminton, table tennis and aquatics (swimming, water polo, diving).

Photo via www.seagames2015.com
Photo via www.seagames2015.com


As Lim Teck Yin, chairman of the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee Executive Committee said, “This is a not-for-profit event.”

  

4.    Available for ‘streaming’  

 

There will be “live” broadcasts of opening/closing ceremonies and sports on YouTube and MediaCorp’s Toggle… if you absolutely need to stay home.

 

5.    Kicks off with football

The 3rd placing play-off match between Singapore and Malaysia during the 2013 SEA Games at the Zeyar Thiri Stadium on December 21, 2013 in Burma. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
The 3rd placing play-off match between Singapore and Malaysia during the 2013 SEA Games at the Zeyar Thiri Stadium on December 21, 2013 in Burma. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

 

Singapore’s national sport and pastime will start the Games on 29 May, with the Under-23 Young Lions gunning for their first-ever SEA Games gold.

 

6.    Big (value) budget

 

The Games will have an estimated budget of S$324.5 million, less than the S$387 million spend that was the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2010. 

Photo via SINGSOC
Photo via SINGSOC


This year's SEA Games promises to be Singapore’s biggest multi-sport event ever, with over 7,000 athletes and officials in 36 sports. The YOG had 5,000 athletes and officials across 26 sports.

 

7.    Local focal

 

The Singapore economy stands to gain with over 90 per cent of Games tenders to date awarded to local companies.

8.    Battle-plan for The Haze

TODAY reports that Games events such as the marathon have been scheduled earlier to allow for postponement, in case the same choking, hazardous conditions from June 2013 return to haunt us (touch wood).

9.    SEA Games arch

Lighting up Orchard Road come 7 March. You can't miss this:

Photo via SINGSOC
Photo via SINGSOC

 

Excited yet?

 

Official SEA Games tickets can be purchased from www.seagames2015.com, the hotline at +65 3158 8080, at any SingPost outlets and at the Box Office at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets purchased through other means and distributors will not be valid upon entry into competition venues and the opening & closing ceremonies. 

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