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To watch the International Rugby Sevens tournament as well as regular cricket, soccer and field hockey games, the Singapore Cricket Club is the destination. Established in 1852, it has had three clubhouse buildings on its historic site on the Padang. Moveable rafters are the seats at this outdoor, limited-sheltered arena.
The Jalan Besar Stadium hosted the 2011 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and continues to be the home base for regional and national soccer games. This venue, which survived World War II, is also the birthplace of Singapore football and has a seating capacity of 6,000. It was one of the host sites for the first Youth Summer Olympics in 2010, and Pele and Eric Cantona have conducted meet-and-greets there.
Those wanting to mix sports and betting should head to the Singapore Racecourse. It’s the country’s second venue for thoroughbred horse racing and betting, having replaced the Bukit Timah Race Course in 2000. Go there to see the Singapore Airlines International Cup, Singapore Derby and KrisFlyer International Sprint in addition to other domestic races.
The Singapore Polo Club, also known as the Singapore Grounds, is not simply a viewing ground for polo, but also one for the Asia Gaelic Athletics Association Hurling and Gaelic Football games. It was built by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II in its attempt to cultivate national identity, but has since become a spot for Singaporean sports fans.