Jalan Besar Stadium

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Jalan Besar Stadium
惹兰勿刹体育场
ஜாலான் புசார் ஸ்டேடியம்
Jalan Besar Stadium.JPG
Location Kallang, Singapore
Coordinates 1°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
Owner Singapore Sports Council
Operator Singapore Sports Council
Capacity 8,000
Surface artificial turf
Scoreboard Yes
Construction
Opened 1932
Renovated 1999–2003
Tenants
Singapore national football team
Young Lions (2003–present)
LionsXII (2011–2015)

Jalan Besar Stadium is an 8,000-capacity football stadium located along Jalan Besar, in Kallang, Singapore. The stadium is part of the Jalan Besar Sports and Recreation Centre, a community sports facility that includes the stadium and a swimming complex.[1] It is the home ground of the Young Lions and LionsXII.

The stadium was used for the Singapore national football team's matches while the National Stadium was under construction. The national team may sometimes still play here as an alternative home ground to the National Stadium.

History[edit]

The original stadium was opened on Boxing Day 1929[2] and 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]

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.[3]

In 1964 a Mass rally held at the stadium to mourn the death of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

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]

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. The position of the pitch was 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.[4] 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.[5]

The stadium also hosts S.League games that are shown 'Live' on Starhub cable television every Thursday.

On 24 July 2010, it was used as the venue of a friendly match between Burnley F.C. and Singapore Selection side.[6]

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,[7] the King George's Stand was built in 2012[8] using a temporary stand, increasing the stadium's capacity to 8,000.

On 30 October 2012, a new high-definition LED scoreboard was implemented at the Gallery to provide better quality to the spectators as it will be able replay video highlights of the action on the field.[9] 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.

Atletico Madrid has also played at the Jalan Besar Stadium against a Singapore Selection side on May 22, 2013 in the Peter Lim Charity Cup. Singapore lost the game 0-2.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Sharon Seow, "Exploring Jalan Besar", Voices@Central Singapore Issue No. 35, Jul/Aug 2007.

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