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A sneak peek at athletes' facilities at the Sports Hub

Athletes and artistes using the Sports Hub can look forward to facilities such as a spa, a physiotherapy room and a kitchen in the dressing room, to be used by the celebrities' personal chefs.

SINGAPORE: On Saturday (Aug 16), Italian giants Juventus will take on a Singapore Selection side. It will be the first football match to be played at the new National Stadium, but if you need additional reasons to be there, here is a sneak peak of some of its facilities.

Members of the media were taken on a tour of the stadium on Thursday, which included a glimpse of the players' dressing room, which had shower facilities, a spa and a physiotherapy room.

There was also exercise equipment and even a mini safe for the players' use. 

The dressing room for artistes, which was used by Stefanie Sun during her recent concert at the stadium, has its own kitchen to be used by the celebrities' personal chefs. 

The Sport Hub also boasts a media centre with wifi and a well equipped conference room that can accommodate more than a hundred journalists.

There is an area called the Mixed Zone, where interviews with players will be conducted after games. 

These are the artistes' dressing room and the player lounge.

And with the pitch earning FIFA's stamp of approval, fans can expect the stadium to come alive on Saturday.

Mr Aden Duncan, Senior Stadiums Manager of Singapore Sports Hub, said: "I think we are going to hear the Kallang Roar and I am excited about that. We heard during the rugby (game), a crowd of ten thousand. The sounds those guys made when the roof was closed and the sound bounces off the roof, it's amazing, so with 25,000, 30,000 people here this week, it is going to sound amazing."

Ahead of Saturday's match the Singapore Selection team got a chance to train for the very first time here at the National Stadium. The Singapore side together with their Italian rivals will each get four hours to try out the new pitch. For Juventus they will also be conducting a coaching clinic with 60 local kids on Friday.

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