Located in Singapore, the Float at Marina Bay is the world’s largest floating stadium. Also known as Marina Bay Floating Platform, it hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games; and in front of the stadium seats are 17 and 18 for the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.
Totally made of steel, the platform can bear up to 1,070 tonnes and is fixed to the seabed by up to 6 pylons. The gallery at the stadium has a capacity of 30,000 seats.
The stadium is built on a floating platform situated on the Marina Reservoir of the well-known Raffles Avenue.
Completed in 2007, the Floating Platform at the Marina Bay was designed to be a multi-purpose platform on the bay for hosting big spectator events, sporting activities, as well as cultural performances.
Singapore built this floating stadium as a temporary venue to be used from 2007 to 2011 for holding their National Day Parade celebrations, an annual celebration of the city state’s independence in August, while the National Stadium was rebuilt and demolished.
Not to mention meeting all the structural engineering requirements, a lot of technical challenges and environmental constraints had to be considered. At the same time of the development of the stadium, the Marina Bay was being developed into a fresh water reservoir in order to make sure that the floating platform had to be friendly with the environment.
The platform also hosted one match at the AFF Cup the tenth edition of the ASEAN Football Championship in 2014.
The floating platform is:
• entirely made of steel
• able to bear up to 1,070 tonnes the same as 200 tonnes of stage props, three 30-tonne military vehicles, and the total weight of 9,000 people
• capable of seating 27,000 to 30,000 people
Became known as The Float@Marina Bay, the floating platform is also viewed as the landmark and floating icon on the Singapore waters.