Jalan Besar Stadium

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Jalan Besar Stadium
Stadium Jalan Besar  (Malay)
惹兰勿刹体育场  (Chinese)
ஜாலான் புசார் ஸ்டேடியம்  (Tamil)
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Jalan Besar Stadium, facing the gallery stand
Full nameJalan Besar ActiveSG Stadium
Address100 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207542
LocationJalan Besar, Singapore
Coordinates1°18′36″N 103°51′37″E / 1.310016°N 103.860347°E / 1.310016; 103.860347Coordinates: 1°18′36″N 103°51′37″E / 1.310016°N 103.860347°E / 1.310016; 103.860347
Public transit EW11  Lavender
 DT23  Bendemeer
OwnerSport Singapore
OperatorSport Singapore
Capacity6,000 (expandable to 10,000)
Field size98 x 63.5 metres (107 x 69 yards)
SurfaceArtificial turf
Construction
Opened26 December 1929; 92 years ago (1929-12-26)
Renovated1999–2003
Tenants
Singapore national football team (1932–present)
Young Lions (2003–present)
LionsXII (2011–2015)
Website
https://www.myactivesg.com/Facilities/jalan-besar-stadium

Jalan Besar Stadium, officially the Jalan Besar ActiveSG Stadium, is a football stadium located in Kallang, Singapore. The stadium is part of the Jalan Besar Sports and Recreation Centre, a community sports facility that includes the stadium as well as a swimming complex.[1]

It is the home ground of the Singapore Premier League club Young Lions. The stadium is also used as an alternative home ground to the National Stadium by the Singapore national football team. The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is also headquartered within the stadium.

Location[edit]

Jalan Besar Stadium is located along Tyrwhitt Road, within the close proximity of the major road Jalan Besar, hence its name.

History[edit]

Opening[edit]

The original stadium was opened on Boxing Day 1929 by president of the Municipal Commission of Singapore, R. J. Farrer, with the nearby Farrer Park named after him.[2] It is considered to be the birthplace of Singapore football.[1] Malaya Cup matches were played at the stadium from 1932 to 1966, and Malaysia Cup matches from 1967 to 1973.[3]

Japanese occupation[edit]

During the Japanese Occupation, the stadium was one of the Sook Ching mass screening sites orchestrated by Japanese officials. During the war, the stadium remained opened and was also used as a language centre to teach the Japanese language to locals.[3]

Post-war[edit]

On 12 November 1956, the United States men's national soccer team (USMNT) for the 1956 Summer Olympics played an exhibition game against the Singapore team at the Jalan Besar Stadium.[4][5]

On 30 May 1964, a mass rally led by Singaporean statesman Lee Kuan Yew was held at the stadium to mourn and honour the death of Indian statesman Jawaharlal Nehru, whom Lee considered "a staunch friend" during the decolonisation era after World War II. Nehru had previously spoke at the stadium when he visited the country in June 1950, calling for "peace and conciliation" in the region while decolonisation was underway.[6][7]

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.[1]

Redevelopment[edit]

In December 1999, the original stadium was closed for rebuilding. The new stadium was opened later in June 2003 with a seating capacity of 6,000. The position of the pitch was retained in the exact position as the previous stadium.[8]

On 24 July 2010, Burnley F.C. played against a Singapore Selection side in the FIS Asian Challenge Cup held at the stadium. The Singapore side narrowly lost the game 0–1.[9][10] That same year during the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics held in Singapore, the stadium was the designated venue for both the boys' and girls' football tournament.[1]

As part of the LionsXII's sponsorship by Kingsmen, a local fan club, the King George's Stand was built in 2012 using a removable stand, increasing the stadium's capacity to 8,000.[11][12]

On 30 October 2012, an LED scoreboard was implemented at the Gallery stand to provide better quality video to the spectators, allowing replay video highlights of the action on the field during matchdays.[13] Two new screens were also placed at the two ends of the Grandstand, North and South, to enable better match experience for the Gallery fans.

On 22 May 2013, Atlético Madrid played against a Singapore Selection side in the Peter Lim Charity Cup held at the stadium. The game ended 0–2 to the away team.[14]

Turf[edit]

Since 2006, the Jalan Besar Stadium has used artificial turf for its pitch. That year, the stadium's pitch was laid with a "FIFA 1 Star Recommended Turf", an artificial turf. The cost of relaying the pitch had cost approximately $1 million.[15] In 2008, the stadium's pitch was relaid again at the cost of an additional $500,000, with a "FIFA 2 Star Recommended Turf", an improved quality artificial turf. The cost of re-turfing was sponsored by FIFA in collaboration with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).[16]

In 2014, the pitch was relaid to ensure maintenance of the turf. In 2021, the pitch was relaid with a GreenFields Evolution Pro 40 pitch, which is softer than the previous turfs. It consists of a durable shock pad underneath the playing surface, enhancing the compactness and reduce the hardness of the pitch.[17]

Transport[edit]

Mass Rapid Transit[edit]

Jalan Besar Stadium is located near to Lavender MRT station on the East West Line (EWL) and Bendemeer MRT station on the Downtown Line (DTL). Despite its name, the stadium's location is closer to the latter station on the DTL rather than Jalan Besar MRT station.

International Matches[edit]

Date Competition Team Res Team
10 September 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification  Singapore 2–1  Palestine

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Jalan Besar Stadium". Archived from the original on 11 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Opening of the Jalan Besar Stadium". Malayan Saturday Post, 4 January 1930, Page 6.
  3. ^ a b "Jalan Besar Stadium". National Heritage Board. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010.
  4. ^ "U.S. Soccer XI To Play Here On Nov. 12". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. The Straits Times. 23 October 1956. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  5. ^ "US Olympic team play tonight". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. The Straits Times. 12 November 1956. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  6. ^ Bayly, C. A. (2010). Forgotten Wars: Freedom and Revolution in Southeast Asia (1st Harvard Univ. Press pbk. ed.). Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press. ISBN 9780674057074.
  7. ^ "Factsheet on the Jawaharlal Nehru Bust and Commemorative Marker" (PDF). nas.gov.sg. National Archives of Singapore. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  8. ^ Nair, Suresh (11 November 2011). "Big Road has a big history". www.asiaone.com. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Asian Games preparations right on track for Singapore U-23 football team". redsports. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Singapore Selection side edged out 1-0 by Burnley". redsports. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  11. ^ "FAS' reply to media query on King George's Stand". Football Association of Singapore. 24 October 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Year's extension likely for Jalan Besar's King George's Stand". The New Paper. 22 January 2015. Archived from the original on 12 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  13. ^ "High-definition LED video wall launched at Jalan Besar Stadium | Goal.com". www.goal.com.
  14. ^ "Football: Atletico Madrid beat Singapore Selection 2-0 in charity friendly at Jalan Besar". The Straits Times. 22 May 2013. ISSN 0585-3923. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Speech at Inauguration of FIFA Goal Project for Singapore by FAS President". Football Association of Singapore. Archived from the original on 7 April 2008.
  16. ^ "MILLION-DOLLAR MAKEOVER". Asiaone.
  17. ^ Football Association of Singapore (15 March 2021). "New artificial turf system installed at Jalan Besar Stadium - Football Association of Singapore". Retrieved 3 April 2022.

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