At 77.5 metres above pitch level, the completed support framework represents a “significant milestone” in the development of the Sports Hub, which is targeting an April 2014 finish, said Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong.
Speaking at a site visit on Monday, Wong reminded reporters that the sprawling, 35-hectare facility “is not an ordinary commercial project”.
Added Wong: “I hope that with the new National Stadium and Sports Hub, we can create even better memories for a new generation of Singaporeans.”
The Minister also reiterated that in order to retain “national identity and character”, the overall Sports Hub and its National Stadium would not be up for corporate association with naming rights.
“We are quite happy to have companies involved,” said Wong. “But we would not want any commercial brand to overshadow or dominate the Sports Hub.”
Individual facilities within the Hub remain open to naming rights, “subject to consideration that the overall tone must be in keeping with its national character”, according to Wong.
He also talked up the major events lined up for after the Sports Hub’s completion such as the Southeast Asian Swimming Championships and Women's Tennis Association Championships, but could not confirm if next year’s National Day Parade would be held there.
“I would like it to be here, personally,” said Wong. “The only question is whether we have sufficient runway for preparations and for organisers to be comfortable using this place, bearing in mind it will be a new venue and people are not familiar with it.”
“A decision has not been made, but the relevant agencies are discussing this,” he said.