Concertgoers turned off by S'pore Indoor Stadium's new no re-entry rule
SINGAPORE : Girls’ Generation fans who are heading to the Singapore Indoor Stadium for their concert this Saturday take note, you will not be allowed re-entry if you exit the venue during the performance.
The no re-entry rule is just one of several new regulations at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The new rules took effect for the first time last Saturday at K-pop group Infinite's concert.
The Singapore Sports Hub, which manages the Singapore Indoor Stadium, posted the new rules on its Facebook page in September. Signs are also put up at the ticket booth and entrances of the stadium.
Managing Director of the Singapore Sports Hub, Mark Collins, explained that the no re-entry rule was introduced to address public safety issues, however, exceptions will be made in “acceptable circumstances such as getting medicine from the car”.
Concert promoters and organisers have questioned this move, while concertgoers are mostly turned off by it, with some saying they will boycott events held there.
A xinmsn reader who wanted to be known as Ms Liang called the rule “unfriendly”, saying: “What if I need to send old folks out or bring them in in the middle of [the] concert?”
Ms Liang, who had purchased bottled water from the stand at the stadium last Saturday, was also barred from bringing in the bottle cap for “safety reasons”.
“Now even if you buy bottled drinks from them, you have to uncap it and bring the bottle in with no cap due to ‘safety reasons’. I am attending a concert, not a football game! Might as well not sell bottle drinks,” she complained.
Other new regulations
And it is not just bottle caps that are not allowed in the premises. Spectators will also not be allowed to bring:
- food and drinks that are not bought from the compound;
- professional cameras;
- bags larger than the dimensions of 32cm x 20cm x 30cm;
- banners and flags larger than the dimensions of 1m x 2m;
- fan boards larger than A4 size.
While majority feel that these rules are mostly reasonable, concertgoers lamented that the size limit on the fan placards is too small.
Singapore S.H.E fan club member Darren, who has already made three A3 sized placards for the Mando-pop group’s Singapore concert on October 26, said the new rules should have been made known earlier.
“Going by the new regulations, I will not be able to bring my placards into the stadium. The placards which cost $34 each would have gone to waste,” he said.
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Bottle cap not allowed for safety?
Re-entry not allow for safety?
I think the safest way is don't hold any concert there.
Rules are getting from bad to worse.
With so many budget flights to Hong Kong and cheaper ticket price there, no more concert at Singapore Indoor Stadium for me.
While some of the new regulations are reasonable, to limit a fan board not more than A4 size seem like another typical case of "over-kill" action. I doubt the performing artists / sportsmen can actually see or read the content on A4 size boards from their fans attending the concerts or sports events supporting them. It will impact and dampen the atmosphere and somehow break the 'connection' factor......