players athletes and other sports people in need of understanding employers who would give them time off to hone their physical skills.
Between 1968 and 1976, with proceeds from its two lottery games - Toto and Singapore Sweep - Singapore Pools contributed $14.5 million to the National Stadium project. The company also helped the Stadium repay a government loan of $7.8 million meant as start-up money for a stadium management corporation.
On 21 July 1973, the National Stadium was officially opened by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. It marked a major milestone in Singapore’s sporting history. Minister for Social Affairs, Othman Wok, put it aptly, “Today’s opening of the National Stadium gives us all an opportunity to renew our determination that sports must be an essential part of our national life – in fact, not just in theory.”
The first major event held at the National Stadium was the VII Southeast Asia Peninsula Games in 1973. In the following years, the stadium witnessed the proudly patriotic phenomenon dubbed "The Kallang Roar" when the national football team displayed their fancy footwork against visiting teams. The multi-functional complex has also seen the likes of megastars such as Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan strut their stuff. It is, up till now, a regular venue for the annual National Day extravaganza.
Source: “Just A Little Flutter, the Singapore Pools Story”
by Ilsa Sharp, 1998.