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Marina Bay Floating Stadium – Singapore

Marina Bay Floating Stadium – Singapore

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In the last few years, amongst all the countries of South East Asia, Singapore has made its special place in the world in terms of technological and engineering advancements. It has redefined many concepts, an example of which is the Marina Bay Floating Stadium which has perhaps not been tried by any other country so far. Also, called the [email protected] Bay in a stylised manner, this venue acts as a multipurpose location for sports, concerts, parades, exhibitions, also cultural performances.

The Marina Bay Floating Stadium is situated on the Reservoir of the Marina Bay in Singapore and spans a length of 120 metres with a width of 83 metres. With this kind of statistics it is almost 5% bigger than the National stadium of Singapore.

The speciality of the Marina Bay Floating Stadium is that it has the strength to bear 1,070 tonnes of weight. This limitation can include within itself the body weight of 9,000 people, props for the stage worth 200 tones, and about three military vehicles weighing 30 tonnes each. It also comes with a seating arrangement for 30,000 people in the form of a gallery.

It is because of these reasons that the Marina Bay Floating Stadium has been assigned as the venue for all national events from 2007 to five following years. Even the National Day Parade has been decided to be held on this stadium as because the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub located in Kallang, in under renovation for the Singapore Southeast Asian Games of 2015 and is expected to be completed by 2014.

The motivation for building the Marina Bay Floating Stadium came when the chairman of the National Day Parade committee decided of finalising an alternate venue for holding the National Day Parade during the 8 years within which the National Stadium was to remain under renovation. After taking in to consideration a number of other venues, it was zeroed upon the Marina Bay.

The main planning of the Marina Stadium was done by the Defence Science and Technology Agency of Singapore. The stadium was built in a manner where it could be relocated and also adjusted as per the nature of events taking place. Pontoons, pylons, and heavy duty rubber rollers went in to making the foundation so that the stadium remained steady in tides. Importance was also given in choosing the backdrop of the stadium and as the Marina centre looked pleasing aesthetically, it was chosen as the final one. A lot of thought has also gone in to the designing of the drainage, lighting, cabling of the stadium.

Among the various events which have got hosted on the Marina Bay Floating Stadium are the National Day Parade of 2007, the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore triathlon of 2007, the countdown to the New Year’s Eve in 2007, 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games, the entertainment event of 2012 which involved Kangta, BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, Shinee, f(x), and EXO as performers.

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Marina Bay Sands – integrated resort in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands – integrated resort in Singapore

Singapore took leisure and entertainment to a new level with the opening of the Marina Bay Sands in 2011. It is a resort with many options and stands right in front of Singapore’s famous Marina Bay. The property has been developed by the Las Vegas Sands and is the world’s most expensive casino which is billed $8 million.

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The 20 hectare resort of the Marina Bay Sands was designed by the Moshe Safdie Architects while the engineering was done by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff and the main contracting responsibility going to Ssangyong Engineering and Construction. Within the Marina Bay Stands is a hotel with 2,561 rooms, a convention and exhibition centre worth 1,300,000 sq foot, a shopping mall called The Shoppes, a museum, two big theatres, seven restaurants boasting celebrity chefs, two pavilions of crystal which float, a rink for ice skating, and lastly a casino which has 500 tables and more than 2,500 slot machines. On top of the building complex is a skywalk area called the SkyPark which has a length of 340 metres and can accommodate around 3,900 people. Alongside, there is a swimming pool 150 metres long which has been made on a cantilever platform known to be the highest in the world.

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The opening of the Marina Bay Sands was done with huge fan fair and the opening the Lion King musical. The Marina Bay Sands is known to be one of the most economy generating and popular tourist destinations of Singapore. The total cost of the Marina Bay Sands was taken by the Las Vegas Sands which thereby concluded it to be “one of the world’s most challenging construction projects and certainly the most expensive stand-alone integrated resort property ever built”. It is estimated that by 2015 Marina Bay Sands will contribute $2.7 billion to the Gross Domestic Product of Singapore in continuation with providing direct employment for 10,000 people and creating 20,000 jobs in the associated industries.

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Amongst the attractions of the Marina Bay Sands is an ArtScience Museum which is shaped like a lotus. It is known to have a retractable roof which can collect rain water and stages laser shows in night. The swimming pool of the rooftop SkyPark has a vanishing edge which is at a height of 191 metres from the ground. The pool alone holds 376,500 gallons of water. The SkyPark has a disc KU DE TA and an observatory on the cantilever part which gives a panoramic view of Singapore.

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The retail space of the Marina Bay Sands called The Shoppes boasts of a space for 300 shops and boutiques for brands like Ralph Lauren, Chanel, and Prada to name some. There is also a canal running through the retail space similar to the Venetian running in Las Vegas Sands. The two crystal Pavilions are certainly big attraction points of the Marina Bay Sands. Within them are two famous nightclubs named Avalon and Pangaea. Because of its volume and splendour, the Marina Sand Bay hosts a number of prestigious events too.