Sneak peek at the new S’pore National Stadium

A sneak preview of the new National Stadium (Yahoo! photo)A sneak preview of the new National Stadium (Yahoo! photo)

Wonder how the new Singapore National Stadium will look like?

A sneak preview of the 55,000 capacity stadium was provided to the media at the National Stadium Club Experience Centre in Kallang on Wednesday, which included a video presentation that showcased a panoramic view from inside the stadium.

Wednesday also saw the launch of 61 Executive Suites as part of the National Stadium Club membership programme. Aside from the views, the suites will offer its members luxurious interiors, and premium amenities and services, as well as private VIP entrance, concierge services and priority access to sporting and entertainment events. Capacities of the suites range from 8-seater to 30-seater while prices start come in between S$72,000 and S$272,000 annually.

The development of the National Stadium was initially planned for completion in 2011, but the project was plagued with numerous delays due to financial problems. It was finally back on track after the awarding of the project to the Singapore Sports Hub Consortium in 2008.

Barring further delays, the stadium is slated for opening in 2014.

The National Stadium will be ready in 2014. (Yahoo! photo)The National Stadium will be ready in 2014. (Yahoo! photo)

Officials of World Sport Group, which landed the role of the stadium's marketing and sales company, explained the events the public can look forward to — besides the National Day Parade of course.

The group's chief operating officer, Andrew Georgiou, said, "Obviously the National Day Parade will be the fundamental program for the venue. But besides that, we are looking to bring events specific like cricket, rugby, athletics and a whole range of other sports. But our focus is primarily on football which is by far the most popular sport in Singapore and Southeast Asia as a whole."

Georgiou hopes the new National Stadium will not only be a place for Singaporeans to attend events, but also to have fun with their families.

He added, "Our aim is to make sure that every Singaporean, no matter what their interests are, can find something they can be enthusiastic about at the venue. We hope Singaporeans can take advantage of the facilities whether is it the community, events, museum or even the library.

"We are working with National Sports Associations to create community engagement events such as sports activities on a weekend for the family. So there will be many reasons for Singaporeans to come here. And we believe that once they come they will keep coming."