Jalan Besar Stadium
|Owner||Singapore Sports Council|
|Operator||Singapore Sports Council|
|Singapore national football team(present)|
Jalan Besar Stadium is a football stadium located along Jalan Besar, in the Kallang area of Singapore and is the current home stadium of Young Lions, a S.League football team. It is also the home ground for the Singapore LIONSXII football team during the 2012 and 2013 Malaysia Super League season.
The stadium was used for the Singapore national football team matches as the Singapore Sports Hub is in construction. The national team might still play here if the National Stadium is unavailable. It has a seating capacity of 8,000. The stadium is also part of the Jalan Besar Sports and Recreation Centre, a community sports facility that includes the stadium and a swimming complex.
The original stadium was opened on Boxing Day 1929 and is considered to be the birthplace of Singapore football. Malaya Cup matches were played at the stadium from 1932 to 1966, and Malaysia Cup matches from 1967 to 1973.
During the Japanese Occupation, the stadium was one of the Sook Ching mass screening sites. During the war, the stadium remained opened and was also used as a language centre to teach the Japanese language.
The stadium was also host to many major events in Singapore's history, such as being the venue for the first Singapore Youth Festival in 1955, the first Singapore Armed Forces Day in 1969, and the 1984 National Day Parade.
The original stadium was closed in December 1999 for rebuilding. The new stadium was opened in June 2003 with a seating capacity of 6,000. Interestingly, the position of the pitch has been retained in the exact position as the previous stadium.
In 2006, under the FIFA GOAL plan, the stadium's pitch was relaid with Fifa 1 Star Recommended turf, an artificial turf. The cost of relaying the pitch cost $1 million was funded by the FIFA Goal Programme and FIFA Financial Assistance Plan. In 2008, the stadium's pitch was relaid again at the cost of US$400,000, with Fifa 2 Star Recommended artificial turf, a better quality artificial turf. The cost of re-turfing was borne entirely by Fifa, under Fifa's second Goal Project.
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