Singaporeans have received two National Day gifts ahead of the country's 49th birthday.
The Singapore Sports Hub said yesterday that it will extend free use of its facilities until Aug 17 as part of its National Day celebrations. The free use was originally scheduled to end next Thursday.
The hub will also hold a live screening of the National Day Parade on Aug 9, after more than a thousand people turned up for its screening of the World Cup final on the morning of July 14.
Said chief operating officer Oon Jin Teik: "We wanted to give something back to the community in celebration of this year's National Day.
"We feel this is one of the best ways to thank the public for their warm support as we come together and celebrate as a nation." He said the extension was due partly to the overwhelming response seen during the original period, which began on June 30. On average, the facilities were used for about 90 per cent of their opening hours.
On top of the free facilities, Gate 1 at the National Stadium's west entrance will be opened every weekend from 10am to 7pm, starting tomorrow. Visitors will be able to access a viewing platform that will give them a panoramic sight of the stadium.
Prices for the facilities are likely to be released in the first week of next month. Mr Oon said: "We are coordinating with Sport Singapore to ensure our pricing structure is pegged to community prices, not private-sector prices.
"I would say the prices are very positive, and within reach of Singaporeans."
The pricing is likely to be tiered into peak and non-peak periods, which is the practice at many community facilities. For instance, most public swimming complexes charge $1 per adult on weekdays and $1.30 on weekends. By comparison, rates for non-members at Safra swimming pools are $2.20 on weekdays and $3.30 on weekends, while guests at Orchid Country Club are charged $5 and $3 during peak and non-peak hours respectively.
This article was first published on July 25, 2014.
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