Things you may not know about Singapore Sports Hub

Photo: Singapore Sports Hub
Photo: Singapore Sports Hub

Like everyone else, our plans to assimilate back into society post-Circuit Breaker has involved a comprehensive workout plan. Or at least, a hearty attempt at it. If you’ve been in Singapore for even a little while, you’d know that Kallang is where you can go for anything sports-related. After all, you can’t really miss the massive dome that is the Singapore Sports Hub, or the dragon boats peppered across the Kallang River nearby. Navigating the world of fitness doesn’t have to be hard, and we’ve found some interesting facts about the giant sports venue that may help to inform your workout plans. 

Train where national athletes do

You might already know that national athletes come here to train, and you can too. We’re talking about the actual Olympic-sized swimming pool at the OCBC Aquatic Centre that Joseph Schooling himself trains in when he’s in Singapore (but you can’t actually see him when he’s training, sorry). The OCBC Arena is also where national athletes hone their skills in a whole bunch of sports. Members of the public can make a booking to play basketball, table tennis, badminton, netball, and volleyball at the indoor courts here. But that’s not all. The Water Sports Centre also allows everyday patrons to rent a kayak or dragon boat and train at the same place as the Singapore Dragon Boat Association!

Get a workout in at any time of day

With a name like Singapore Sports Hub, it’s exactly as it says on the tin as the crown jewel of the neighborhood where those serious about fitness go to train. It’s home to a whole host of world-class facilities—some of which are available 24/7. You know, in case you’ve ever felt the urge to go for a run at 3am in the morning, there’s the 100PLUS Promenade for that. The skate park is another facility that’s open round the clock. 

Your brain can get a workout too

Brains or brawn? Both, says the Singapore Sports Hub. Besides the seemingly endless list of sports you can do here, the sports district is also home to the Sports Hub Library. It’s right next to the Stadium MRT exit too, which makes it convenient to hit the books and head off after. It also means your study breaks can include rock climbing sessions at the nearby Climb Central in Kallang Wave Mall. That’s not the only way to work your brain, as there’s also Giant Chess. Yep, you can live out your dreams of The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix—but in giant form. Does it make capturing the King even more satisfying? Only one way to find out. 

Bonus fact: the seats here move

Not exercise-related, but only slightly because it’s a pretty jaw-dropping fact. You probably already know that the venue hosts a myriad of events, from live entertainment like that sold-out U2 concert in 2019 pre-rona (sobs), to rugby games and even the National Day Parade in 2016. The massive venue has a seating capacity of 55,000, but the seating configuration can be changed thanks to moveable tiered seating.

Thinking of making a trip down to the Singapore Sports Hub? Check out this video of the different facilities here:

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