AS if local football cannot go down any further, they are dealt with yet another blow, as the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced that all the 8 local clubs competing in the Singapore Premier League will share only 4 stadiums between them. This has led to disquiet among the clubs, as their fan base is further eroded by not actually playing at the ground their supporters have based themselves in.
The hardest hit would probably be Hougang United, who have a steady following of fans that calls themselves the Hougang Hools. The fan club will turn up in their numbers whenever Hougang United play at their home ground in Hougang Stadium. However, this year, Hougang United will play their home games at Jalan Besar Stadium, along with the Young Lions. The other three stadiums used are Bishan (Home United and Balestier Khalsa), Jurong East (Albirex Niigata and Warriors FC) and Our Tampines Hub (Tampines Rovers and Geylang International). Brunei DPMM will still base their home ground in Brunei.
FAS acknowledged that the already small fan base might be displaced, but steadfastly claims that by focusing resources on only these 4 stadiums, the match going experience will be further enhanced. Most local football fans are just waiting for the day when the Professional league is finally dead, buried by the incompetent bigwigs at FAS.