Floating Platform ‘dream backdrop’ for NDP

 Floating Platform ‘dream backdrop’ for NDP
Aerial view of the Singapore Marina Bay city skyline, showing the Marina Bay Sands (left), the Marina Bay Financial Centre (centre) and the Central Business District skyscrapers (right). In the foreground is The Float @ Marina Bay.

This year's National Day Parade (NDP) will be the last at Marina Bay for at least the next few years, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said yesterday, adding that the Floating Platform had been "a dream backdrop".

The next NDP will be at the Padang, where it is held once every five years, then at the new National Stadium in 2016.

"I speak on behalf of all the NDP organising committees when I say that Marina Bay was a dream backdrop - able to accommodate air, land and sea displays," Dr Ng wrote in a Facebook post.

The Floating Platform can seat about 27,000 people and acted as a temporary site while the new stadium was being built. It has been the venue for every NDP since 2007, except 2010 when it was held at the Padang.

"We should all look forward to NDP shows at our fabulous new National Stadium," Dr Ng wrote. "But if truth be told, I will miss the Marina Bay setting. Sigh. Let's all savour this year's show and the fireworks at Marina Bay."

Singapore Sports Council, which owns and manages the platform, said last year it was considering retaining the facility for recreation, sports and community use.

Legal executive Melissa Tham, 23, who attended parades at Marina Bay as well as at the previous National Stadium, prefers the current venue because of the great view and atmosphere.

"It's at the heart of the Central Business District so you can actually see how far Singapore has come," she said.

 


This article was first published on July 09, 2014.
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