New National Stadium opens its doors as it hosts the Rugby World Club 10s

New National Stadium opens its doors as it hosts the Rugby World Club 10s
The new National Stadium opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, June 21, 2014, when it played host to the inaugural rugby World Club 10s tournament.

SINGAPORE - Singapore rugby player Reiner Leong became the first local to score at the new stadium, as he scored one try each against The Brumbies and Petraca Rugby for the Dragons.

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The 55,000-seater complex re-opened its doors today when it hosted the weekend's Rugby World Club 10s competition.

While the Sports Hub's official opening ceremony will take place only next year, many are relishing the resumption of the National Stadium as a functional sporting arena after six years of planning and construction.

Said Mr Low Teo Ping, president of Singapore Rugby Union, the sanctioning body of the rugby event: "It is a tremendous feeling, and we are very proud. A lot of people are excited about it, and anxious about the new National Stadium.

"We believe the facilities are impressive and ready. It is game on, all systems go."

Added Singapore Sports Hub chief operating officer Oon Jin Teik: "We hope to begin building a relationship between Singaporeans and the Sports Hub."

The National Stadium is a dazzling update from the original stadium, which was known fondly as the Grand Old Dame of Kallang. Opened in 1973, the old stadium was closed in 2007 and demolished in 2010.

Among its successor's new features are a retractable, dome-shaped roof which shelters both players and spectators from the elements, and a capability to change its seating plan based on the event being hosted.


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