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Sports Hub must play part to support local football

The Sports Hub must not be a playground only for the rich, says Mr Edmund Khoo.
The Sports Hub must not be a playground only for the rich, says Mr Edmund Khoo.ST FILE PHOTO

Given the extraordinarily high cost of rental, it hardly surprises me that only a handful of major events have been confirmed on the National Stadium's calendar for next year ("Is the Sports Hub pricing itself out of the game"; last Sunday).

It appears that commercial priorities are taking precedence.

At last year's Japan-Brazil exhibition football game, tickets were selling for up to $180. And at July's Premier League Asia Trophy, admission charges were as high as $155.

Most local football fans were simply priced out.

If the Sports Hub is committed to helping the Football Association of Singapore build a strong fan base, it has to bring in more quality and affordable football games for the benefit of the public.

The Sports Hub has a part to play to help Singapore advance in its goal of doing well in the sporting scene.

The National Stadium has to host international events to market Singapore as a world-class leisure and lifestyle destination.

But the Sports Hub must not be a playground only for the rich.

Edmund Khoo Kim Hock

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 20, 2015, with the headline 'Sports Hub must play part to support local football'. Print Edition | Subscribe