Parliament: 'Enhance vibrancy of Sports Hub'

The Sports Hub has come under scrutiny following complaints about its high rental costs and thin slate of top-level events.
The Sports Hub has come under scrutiny following complaints about its high rental costs and thin slate of top-level events.PHOTO: ST FILE

The operators of the Singapore Sports Hub have been urged to do more to ensure the billion-dollar facility is buzzing with activity.

Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng noted that the $1.33 billion Kallang venue has hosted major events such as the 2015 SEA Games, National Day Parade and concerts featuring A-listers like Madonna and A-mei.

"Nonetheless," he said, "more can and should be done by Sports Hub Private Limited (SHPL) to enhance the vibrancy of the Sports Hub and improve the quality of its calendar of events and programming.

"These should include major international events, as well as those the community can participate in."

The call comes two days after the Sports Hub, which has come under scrutiny following complaints about its high rental costs and thin slate of top-level events, released data showing encouraging participation figures for its community programmes. From 38,000 participants in 2015, the number rose to 92,000 last year. It is targeting 100,000 this year.

It staged the HolyCrit cycling race and Community Shield football match last month, and will host the upcoming Coldplay concert, HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens and two more Super Rugby games.

Mr Baey also addressed the issue of the hiring costs, saying: "SHPL has indicated that it will seek to keep third-party costs for events at the Sports Hub in check. We have communicated to SHPL that they should have transparent and defensible pricing policies that make (the Sports Hub) attractive as a venue to event organisers."

Wang Meng Meng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2017, with the headline ''Enhance vibrancy of Sports Hub''. Print Edition | Subscribe