The games coincide with Singapore’s 2015 celebrations of its status as an independent city state.
“It is our turn to host the SEA Games after 22 years and it will happen during Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. The occasion calls for a fitting celebration; one that will bring communities together and invoke a sense of pride and ownership in Singaporeans,” said Mr Lim Teck Yin, chair of the games organising committee in a statement released on January 15.
The organisers have raised expectations with promises of an audience interaction system, that will make “the audience truly a part of the show,” and “an extensive aerial system which will enable performers and props to ‘fly’ in a stadium for the very first time in Singapore.”
Creative director of the show Ms Beatrice Chia-Richmond said, “This region is full of extraordinary people and this inspired us in our quest to celebrate the spirit of the Games…we hope that it will pave the way for everyone to celebrate triumph of the human spirit - be it in sport or daily life.”
Colonel Lawrence Lim, chief artillery officer of the Singapore armed forces will helm the ceremony, pulling 3,500 soldiers and 5,000 together for the display.
“We look forward to harnessing the energies and capacities of these diverse groups of individuals and making their participation a meaningful and memorable journey,” said the Colonel.
Tickets will for the opening ceremony are now available, priced $12 to $60 and tickets for the closing ceremony on June 16 are priced $12 to $40. Concessions and group buy discounts are also available.
Singapore’s 55,000 seater National stadium sits at the centre of a US$ 1 billion sports complex, but has been the site of controversy over a poor surface that saw a pop concert by Taiwanese star Jay Chou rescheduled and a Maori All Blacks rugby match scrapped in an effort to host a reduced number of games than originally planned for the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup.