A last look at Kallang as it was

1 07 2010

It does look as if this time it is for real. The signs have come up to confirm that preparations are indeed being made for the long awaited and long delayed construction of the Sports Hub. The car parks around the old National Stadium would be closed from 16 July this year and from the sound of things, the National Stadium would be handed over to the Sports Hub Consortium and the demolition of the Grand Old Lady would be start after the close of the Youth Olympic Games in August. So after a few false starts, it does finally seem that we will be saying goodbye to our beloved National Stadium.

The signs are up and this time it does look like the Grand Old Lady will take a bow.

Based on information on the Singapore Sports Council website, the construction and management, which is based on a public-private partnership (PPP) model, of the Sports Hub would be on a 35ha site in Kallang, and will include the following facilities:

  • A new 55,000-capacity National Stadium with a retractable roof;
  • A 6,000-capacity indoor Aquatic Centre that meets world tournament standards;
  • A 3,000-capacity multi-purpose arena which will be scalable and flexible in layout;
  • 41,000 sq m of commercial space
  • A Water Sports Centre
  • The existing 11,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium; and Supporting leisure and commercial developments

The area where the Sports Hub will be developed (source: Singapore Sports Council).

Having already said farewell to the Grand Old Lady, it is appropriate to also bid goodbye to some of the views of which we have for so long identified with the area around the stadium…

The bus stop inherited from the City Shuttle Service (CSS) bus terminal.

Bench at the bus stop.

Close up of the end of the Bus Stop.

The sun sets on the stadium floodlights.

The old and the new. The stadium waits silently for its end next to the Kallang MRT station which has just had its beginning.

Also soon to go ... the buildings that were the once well known Oasis Restaurant.

The new icons of Singapore peeking out from behind the old.

What used to be the Oasis over the Kallang Basin.

The former Oasis.

The writing for the Oasis is on the wall?

The Oasis from the promenade.

Reflecting on the glorious old stadium.

A last view.

and another, of the Grand Old Lady ...

Floor tiles.

Clearing up would be a tremendous task.

What's to become of this resident, a collared kingfisher, once the work starts?


Some further views of the Grand Old Lady:

Saying goodbye ...

Terraces.

Terraces.

The policeman was a common sight.

A young fan.

The floodlights.

The floodlights.

Daniel Mark Bennett.

The sun sets.

The Vuvuzela came to town long before the South African World Cup.

The sun sets as the stadium waits in anticipation for the start of a match.

Here we go!

A last look at the floodlights as they dim and go off forever.


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5 responses

2 07 2010
David Leong

Indeed it is a well written sentimental story with excellent pictures too. Should you send to the local papers to share a thing or two with the public at large? Thank you for the sharing here!

2 07 2010
The wondering wanderer

Thanks David, appreciate your feedback. 🙂

16 07 2010
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27 09 2010
Jeremiah Chen

Hi there. Thanks for sharing your story. Coincidentally I was doing some photo shooting at the Kallang and Dakota area yesterday and today I somehow stumbled onto your site! Barricades were already almost everywhere surrounding the Grand Old Dame but I was still able to make one last visit to certain areas once off-limits to the general public, such as control rooms, command centres, VIP lounge, etc. Some of the old equipments are still there though, as if it were a living time capsule. I guess all of us will miss this place, how it once was… Though they will be gone, their memory will live on in us. =)

29 09 2010
The wondering wanderer

Thanks Jeremiah for dropping by the blog … 🙂 Yes noticed all the signs and barricades preventing access … and from the looks of things, the north east will be the first to go … we all will certainly miss the Grand Old Dame … good that you managed a last visit!

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