SEA Games 2015: Catch the sporting stars in action at these venues

Free admission will be offered to half of the 36 sports at this year's SEA Games, the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) announced on Wednesday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM 
Free admission will be offered to half of the 36 sports at this year's SEA Games, the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) announced on Wednesday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM 

Free admission will be offered to half of the 36 sports at this year's SEA Games, the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) announced on Wednesday.

These include athletics, archery, softball, tennis, squash, rowing, canoe/kayak, sailing, traditional boat race, water skiing, cycling, golf, triathlon, bowling, shooting, petanque, hockey and floorball.

As part of Singsoc's efforts to make the June 5-16 Games accessible and affordable to the public, tickets for the remaining 18 sports will range from $5 to $20 - before the half-price concession.

Among those in the $20 price band are popular sports like aquatics, badminton, football, gymnastics and table tennis.

Said Lim Teck Yin, chairman of the Singsoc executive committee: "This is a not-for-profit event. At the same time, we are committed to ensuring reasonableness in our spending and managing within the projected budget."

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There will be three main clusters for competition venues - the Singapore Sports Hub (football, table tennis, athletics and aquatics), the Marina Bay area (sailing, rowing, canoeing) and the Singapore Expo (boxing, judo, taekwondo and wushu).

Other venues include Bishan Sports Hall (gymnastics), Choa Chu Kang Stadium (rugby 7s), Orchid Country Club (bowling) and Sentosa Golf Club (golf).

Some of the Republic's top stars will be in action, including Asian Games gold medallist Joseph Schooling (swimming) and three-time Olympic medallist Feng Tianwei (table tennis).

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More than 7,000 athletes and officials across 36 sports for the region's biggest multi-sport event. Local fans will also be treated to some of the region's best sporting talents, including Thailand's 2013 world champion shuttler Ratchanok Intanon, Malaysian's first diving Olympic medallist Pandelela Rinong and Indonesian track and field starlet Maria Natalia Londa, who won a long jump gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

Priority sales begin from Jan 28, while public sales open a week later on Feb 4. Ticketed team sports will be released when various draws are announced in April.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.seagames2015.com, the official hotline at +65-3158-8080 or SingPost outlets and the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

jonwong@sph.com.sg