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The old Kallang National Stadium will be replaced for this new and modern stadium.

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A consortium led by a subsidiary of France's Bouygues Construction has been chosen to build a 1.2 billion Singapore dollar (834 million US) national stadium and sports hub in Singapore, a top official said Saturday.

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The consortium, led by Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd, will start construction of the waterfront facility in April and complete it by the end of 2011, said Vivian Balakrishnan, minister for community development, youth and sports.

Balakrishnan told reporters the sports hub was a "strategic component for Singapore to compete against other major cities and sports events venues in Asia and on the international stage."

Dragages Singapore is a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, the biggest construction company in France and which has built other iconic structures such as Stade de France in Paris and the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong.

Christian Brezet, the bid manager for Dragages, said it was Bouygues Construction's biggest project in Asia to date.

"We have a very strong team with a lot of experience," Brezet told AFP. "It is such a satisfaction after two-and-a-half years of working on this project. We put in a lot of effort and energy and we got a good Singaporean answer."

The Dragages-led consortium beat two other shortlisted bidders led by Australian financial group Macquarie and Germany's Alpine Mayreder Bau GmbH.

Balakrishnan said the Singapore Sports Hub Consortium "displayed significant strengths in programming and events, team culture and partnership, and its design and operational functionality. It also offered the best value for money solution in Singapore."

The contract was expected to be signed in March.

The project is part of the tiny but wealthy island-state's massive effort to enhance its global competitiveness that includes building two casinos, redeveloping its prime waterfront district and making over of the chic Orchard Road shopping strip.

The sports complex will include a new dome-shaped national stadium with a retractable roof able to seat 55,000 people, a 6,000-capacity indoor aquatic centre, an artificial river offering whitewater rafting and a 3,000-capacity multi-purpose arena.

A water sports centre will serve as a venue for events such as dragon boat racing and canoeing.

The complex will also offer 41,000 square metres (441,000 square feet) of commercial space and feature leisure and entertainment facilities.

The development will complement other massive projects in the bayfront area, including a casino being built by Las Vegas Sands and the world's biggest observation wheel called the Singapore Flyer.

Officials said the consortium would build the facility and also operate it for 25 years.

Singapore has been taking steps to develop world-class athletes and instill a love of sports among its people, amid criticisms there is an over-emphasis on grades in its highly-competitive educational system.

This stadium will watch the Opening ceremony, athletics and football events of the 2013 SEA (South East Asian) Games in Singapore (before it, the games will be hosted by Laos and Indonesia), making this the biggest stadium which has hosted the event, since the Kuala Lumpur one in 2001. Sadly, it will not be ready for the 2010 YOG if they are hosted by Singapore.

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good for singapore, they deserve a spectacular stadium for this spectacular city.

though i was rooting for the "gift-wrap" stadium, i prefer this "oita-ish" one very much compared to the golden crescent. It was innovative but already bordering on tacky-ville.

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Wow! This is amazing! I haven't been following Singapore sports facilities to this extent. Guyz, this is not an inferior sports facilities when compared to the very best in the world.

NYCD 2010, you mean refurbish cos there's no need for upgrade of what am seeing here now at the moment.

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