[UPDATE on Wednesday, 19 February, 10:00am: Adding details of Sports Hub's phased opening]
The long-awaited return of Singapore’s iconic National Stadium will not be in April as previously promised, according to local newspaper TODAY.
Instead, the 55,000-seater centrepiece of the upcoming billion-dollar Singapore Sports Hub is slated to be ready only around June.
TODAY reported that the delay is due to “higher-than-average rainfall in December” as well as “engineers working to ensure the complex functioning of the stadium’s retractable dome roof will be glitch-free”.
“The safety and quality of experience at the Sports Hub are paramount and we want to ensure that these are not compromised,” Sports Hub CEO Philippe Collin Delavaud told TODAY.
He was also quoted as saying the Hub’s facilities will be “progressively rolled out from April”.
On Tuesday evening, the Sports Hub released a statement confirming that 95% of construction will be completed by April, and its various venues will open over three phases.
The first soft opening in mid-April will allow for a invited-only preview of the Singapore Sports Museum, Sports Hub Library, OCBC Aquatic Centre and Water Sports Centre.
A month later, the Sports Hub will organise community-only carnival weekends to launch the likes of the OCBC Arena and retail mall.
And finally the public opening of the Sports Hub is set to take place in mid-June with the National Stadium taking centrestage for weekend activities. All facilities will also be made available to the public then.
In the middle of last year, at the successful installation of the Stadium roof’s highest truss, authorities had targeted a 2014 first-quarter finish for the 35ha Sports Hub.
The TODAY article said that “about 90 per cent” of the rest of the Sports Hub has been completed so far.
Further details of the Sports Hub’s opening and events calendar will be announced on 27 February.