The National Stadium in Singapore will host International Champions Cup matches for the third consecutive year as Manchester United, Inter, Tottenham Hotspur, and Juventus come to town.
United face Inter on July 20 with when both sides will be looking to kickstart what they hope will be a successful season in their respective competitions.
Italian champions Juve face Champions League finalists Spurs on July 21st in what will be an exciting opportunity to see two of the best soccer teams in the world.
The current facility was built on the site of the old national stadium which had been on the site since 1973.
However, the new stadium is part of a larger sports hub which opened in 2014 to host a variety of different sporting events.
The official opening date of the national stadium was June 29, 2014, and the grand opening was performed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the then Minister for Community, Culture and Youth, Lawrence Wong.
As it is a multi-purpose stadium, the seating arrangements can be altered depending on the event.
It has three main modes for soccer and rugby, cricket, and athletics as seats are moved closer or further away from the pitch to suit the respective events.
- The stadium boasts the largest free-spanning retractable dome roof in the world.
- The retractable roof takes around 25 minutes to open or close.
- At night the roof can be used as a giant projector screen with images or video beamed onto each side during events even if the stadium is closed.
- The stadium’s capacity is 55,000 for soccer, 52,000 for cricket, and 50,000 when in athletics mode.
- A cooling system is designed to provide air conditioning to every seat.
- This cooling system uses 15 per cent of the energy of a conventional air-conditioned stadium.
- Since 2015 the playing field consists of a mixture of real and artificial grass.
Who calls it home
As the name suggests, the arena is used as the home stadium for Singapore national teams.
The Singapore national soccer and cricket teams are the most popular tennants, while the stadium is used for events such as the International Champions Cup.
The stadium was the main arena used to host the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies as well as soccer and athletics events. Other arenas based in the sports hub area hosted various events including netball, volleyball, snooker and swimming.
One of the first events to make use of the stadium was the 2014 World Club 10s Rugby, with the first soccer match being played shortly after when a Singapore XI took on Juventus.
Concerts hosted by the stadium include Madonna, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and One Direction.
Previous ICC encounters
Having hosted a total of six International Champions Cup games from 2017 onwards, the stadium has become a regular feature of the tournament.
Some of the best teams on the world have graced this arena. Who could forget Paris Saint-Germain’s dramatic 3-2 victory against Atlético de Madrid in the 2018 tournament which came courtesy of Virgiliu Postolachi’s late winner?
Arsenal defeated Paris Saint-Germain 5-1 here in 2018, a game which included goals from Mesut Özil and Alexandre Lacazette for the Gunners.
Arsenal also drew 1-1 with Atleti in the stadium last year, and in 2017 FC Bayern, Chelsea, and Inter all played each other with the Italians coming out on top, defeating Bayern 2-0 and Chelsea 2-1.