Singapore National Stadium visitor guide
As the only island-city-country in the world, Singapore is where the East and the West collide in a hub of culture, gastronomy and more recently: sporting events.
Note: We recently added Singapore to the Sports Where I Am database after reaching an agreement to become a Ticket Distributor Partner for the International Champions Cup matches between Manchester United, Inter, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur held in July 2019. You can find tickets here.
It is a place that makes packing your suitcase a seamlessly easy task due to the consistent forecast: HOT, HOT, HOT or WET and HOT.
So ensure you include sunscreen, hat, reusable water bottle (the tap water is completely fine to drink and refill stations can be found everywhere) plus an umbrella & poncho and you’re good to go.
Here’s what else you need to know if you’re attending Singapore National Stadium.
Getting to Singapore National Stadium
Singapore has world class public transport. Easy to use, incredibly cheap, extensive coverage: tick, tick and tick. And as luck; or ingenious foresight, would have it, the National Stadium sits right on its own MRT (light rail system) station….aptly named ‘Stadium’ and positioned on the circle (yellow) line. A train or bus ride from most locations on the island will set you back less than a couple of Singaporean dollars1. You can purchase tickets directly from the station or on the bus. If you’re staying for a few days it might be worth investing in a travel card, which can be purchased either at the stations or from a 7-Eleven store.
Alternatively, taxis are also incredibly cheap relative to prices around the world. They are plentiful, clean and safe. A ride from most frequented island locations to the National Stadium will be around SGD$10-15.
Getting your tickets
Where to sit
The National Stadium (and precinct) was completed in 2015 with the idea of hosting a diverse range of events. Thus, seating plans and the best viewing seats will vary depending on the event you are attending. Having said that, the 55,000 capacity stadium is well laid out, with large viewing screens at both the west and east ends of the stadium. The spacing between seats is quite comfortable (even in the higher tiers) and the premium seating of sections 100 and 400 are padded!
Here is the view from the 400s Premium Seating section:
The Stadium is an impressive structure in its own right with a retractable roof and a distinct open section at the west end. There are plenty of gates to enter the stadium which utilizes electronic ticketing that is extremely user friendly. The concourse sections are large and well designed to enable movement of large crowds.
With plenty of options to eat outside of the stadium at either the adjacent Kallang Mall or multiple hawker centres throughout Singapore (refer below), eating in the stadium is just standard affair. Burger and fries SGD$13.50, Tiger beer SGD$12, Soft Drink SGD$4.50
Singapore’s climate has been carefully considered whilst building the stadium; and being comfortable as a spectator has been well thought through. Not only is the roof retractable (providing great views of the city sky line), the stadium has a comfort cooling system (air-con) that keeps the pits dry even if the game is close!
What to do before and after a game
Depending on the finishing time of the event, those looking to tackle some of the Singapore tourist highlights, in close proximity to the Stadium are the Singapore Flyer (think London Eye, massive Ferris-Wheel) and Gardens by The Bay (think Avatar). The ‘Supertrees’ nightly, free show at Gardens by The Bay is well worth arranging into your schedule at either 7:45pm or 8:45pm.
Being a foodie in Singapore is not just encouraged but expected. And why not when food on the menu includes Michelin-starred restaurants to Hawker Street Food2 plus everything in between. Decide on your budget and go from there.
For those with a budget; and those just wanting to experience real local fare, you can’t go wrong at any of the 100+ island wide Hawker Centres. The atmosphere and getting down with the locals all adds to the experience and as food is available 24 hours a day at different venues, there’s no excuse not to slot it in to your schedule.
Lau Pu Sat is one of the oldest and most famous and shuts down the street come night time to deliver a serious amount of satay sticks and cold Tiger Beer. East Coast Lagoon Food Village has the added ambience of water views, and a sandcastle beach area for kids to play on. The fried squid, satay sticks and the chicken wings are worth going back to again and again. Here you can sample the infamous Singapore Chilli Crab, and can’t really go wrong with any variety of the fresh seafood.
Zion Food Centre on the river close to Robertson Quay will provide you with a delicious dumpling fare and a much needed thirst quenching fruit juice: ask for no sugar unless you like it really really sweet.
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