National Stadium must not become a white elephant

I felt disappointed after reading the report on the Singapore Sports Hub ("Is the Sports Hub pricing itself out of the game?"; Sunday).

Singapore's pride - the new National Stadium - must not become a white elephant.

The Sports Hub, which includes the stadium, was built with a huge investment of $1.33 billion.

It would be unwise and a waste if such an expensive venue were left underutilised.

The new National Stadium must be cost- and user-friendly so that it can attract more events to be held in Singapore.

It is important to accommodate parties which have limited budgets, rather than leave the venue empty.

If big-name events cannot be held at the National Stadium because of cost and the inflexibility of the management, they may be moved to other countries.

This will definitely be a disadvantage for Singapore.

If Singapore aims to make itself a global sporting and events hub, then the Sports Hub must be more accommodating and flexible and think about the long term.

Ace Kindredzen Cheong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 16, 2015, with the headline 'National Stadium must not become a white elephant'. Subscribe