Updated: 05/20/2014 00:34

Sports Hub to start small: Lawrence Wong



OCBC Aquatic Centre. (© Photo: TODAY)

OCBC Aquatic Centre. (Photo: TODAY)

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong says the upcoming Sports Hub will open with a series of sports events as test runs, before it officially opens in late-June. 

He says this will help the Sports Hub work out teething issues before it opens. 

"You have to think about public coming in, managing expectations, gearing up your own staff so they are familiar with operations in the whole place, signages and crowd control when there are big events. These are operational issues. And so the transition from construction to operation is critical. That's why we don't think it's wise to have a big bang."

Sports Hub will host the Southeast Asia Swimming Championships at its Aquatic Centre, the World University Floorball Championsips at OCBC Arena, and the Rugby World Club 10s at the National Stadium. 

Chief Operating Officer and former national swimmer Oon Jin Teik (prono: oon-jin-teck) asks for the understanding of those attending these "test runs". 

"These events are really, in my terminology, test events. It is the first time coming in here and we ask for everybody's understanding that this is a new product launch that requires us to run it in and test all the systems. Run it in the actual way and then we will make sure there are resources to do any corrections if there needs to be any corrections."

He adds that the Sports Hub is more than 80 per cent ready, and will be on track to open late June.

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