Cheers, stunts and family fun at live screening

Football fans catching the live telecast of the opening match between Saudia Arabia and host nation Russia at Our Tampines Hub last night. It will be screening all 64 matches of the month-long World Cup tournament for free.
Football fans catching the live telecast of the opening match between Saudia Arabia and host nation Russia at Our Tampines Hub last night. It will be screening all 64 matches of the month-long World Cup tournament for free.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Football fans who caught the opening match of the World Cup at Our Tampines Hub last night had their fill of cheers, football stunts and some bouncy fun.

Thousands of visitors crowded the Festive Plaza of the integrated community and lifestyle hub to catch the pre-match activities and the match between Saudi Arabia and host nation Russia, which was broadcast live from 11pm onwards.

Our Tampines Hub joined 40 community clubs around the island which opened their doors yesterday to fans catching the return of the world's main football event after a long wait of four years.

Our Tampines Hub, which opened in August last year, has screened live football matches before, such as last month's Uefa Champions League final.

It will be screening all 64 matches of the month-long World Cup tournament for free.

Visitors at the hub last night had a chance to meet players from the Tampines Rovers Football Club, who performed football stunts.

Other family-friendly activities included game stations such as a virtual penalty-kick game, Foosball tables and a large inflatable playground with obstacle challenges for the young and old. The free activities are on until July 15.

 

Close to 100 volunteers ensured the safety and smooth running of the pre-match activities, said hub director Suhaimi Rafdi. He added that there are plans in place to manage bigger crowds too.

Football fan Ken Kuan, 27, arrived as early as 6pm to catch a free movie screening of Black Panther. The delivery driver, who is rooting for Argentina and Brazil, said: "During the screening of the Champions League final here, the fans were cheering very loud, it was unforgettable. I always look forward to such events, the excitement and passion... this is what football is all about."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2018, with the headline 'Cheers, stunts and family fun at live screening'. Print Edition | Subscribe