Football: Albirex Niigata go down to Chinatown People's Park

Japanese side admit risk in taking over former Tiong Bahru facility; clubhouse opens today

Patrons entering Tiong Bahru Football Club's clubhouse last year. Albirex say the move will help them contribute more to local football.
Patrons entering Tiong Bahru Football Club's clubhouse last year. Albirex say the move will help them contribute more to local football.ST FILE PHOTO

The controversial clubhouse at the centre of last year's Football Association of Singapore (FAS) election donation saga will reopen today under the new ownership of Singapore Premier League (SPL) champions Albirex Niigata.

The 3,735.08 sq ft corner unit in Chinatown's People's Park Centre was formerly used by amateur outfit Tiong Bahru Football Club (TBFC), which collected $36.8 million in revenue from its 29 slot machines in the 2015-16 financial year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2018, with the headline 'Albirex go down to People's Park'. Print Edition | Subscribe