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Chinese New Year on the floating stadium
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Wikipedia: " The Float at Marina Bay, stylised as The Float@Marina Bay and also known as the Marina Bay Floating Platform (Chinese: 滨海湾浮动舞台, Malay: Pentas Terapung Teluk Marina, Tamil: மரீனா பே மிதக்கும் மேடை), is the world's largest floating stage. It is located on the waters of the Marina Reservoir, in Marina Bay, Singapore.

Made entirely of steel, the floating platform on Marina Bay measures 120 metres long and 83 metres wide, which is 5% larger than the soccer field at the National Stadium. The platform can bear up to 1,070 tonnes, equivalent to the total weight of 9,000 people, 200 tonnes of stage props and three 30-tonne military vehicles. The gallery at the stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000 people.

The floating stadium will be a venue for events on the waters of Marina Bay for five years from 2007. These events may include sports, concerts, exhibitions, and the arts and cultural performances. The National Day Parade will also be held annually for five years at the stadium"

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