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Sazali Abdul Aziz
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

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Football at the Padang?

The New Paper | Sazali Abdul Aziz | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

The preference for the Padang or Floating Platform, which are both located in the City, is in tandem with SINGSOC's Village-in-the-City concept.

SINGAPORE -Imagine Singapore Under-23 winger Faris Ramli waltzing past opponents, as the majestic Old Supreme Court Building and City skyline loom in the background.

If all goes to plan, that vision could become a reality next June, when Singapore hosts the South-east Asia (SEA) Games.

At the sidelines of a media briefing on the various operational and planning milestones ahead of next year's biennial Games, Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) exco chairman Lim Teck Yin told The New Paper that the iconic Padang or the Marina Bay Floating Platform could host some of the competition's football matches.

THIRD VENUE

Previously, it was known that the Sports Hub and Bishan Stadium would host football matches, but SINGSOC is looking for a third venue.

"For football, we have one national stadium so we need to look for two other venues," said Lim.

"Bishan Stadium is confirmed. The other one is a toss-up between the Padang and the Floating Platform.

"If I can't make it work at these two places, we'll go to Choa Chu Kang Stadium. But I'm trying to make it work."

Lim explained that both the Padang and Floating Platform have restrictions.

The Padang will also be the venue of the National Day Parade (NDP) next August, while the pitch at the Floating Platform is artificial and would need to be re-laid with grass before it is suitable to host SEA Games football matches.

Lim said: "The issue for us (at the Padang) is de-conflicting with the needs of the NDP. If it doesn't happen at the Padang, we are studying the Floating Platform (but) the challenge for us there is bringing in a full-sized (natural) pitch.

"In order for us to put a natural pitch onto the platform, we must make sure there won't be any (fertiliser) run-off into the water when it rains, for example.

"But we're looking at that and we're hoping to be able to achieve it."

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