10 Things to know about the 2017 SEA Games opening ceremony
Are you ready, KL?
You already know the 15 pieces of crucial information about the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia and now that we're four days away from the opening ceremony, we thought it best to give you a quick update. After all, the Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC) Kuala Lumpur 2017 has assured it would be a glittering affair. So here's what you need to know:
1. The opening ceremony for the 29th SEA Games will be held on 19 August at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
2. You can purchase your tickets for the opening ceremony online here. To date, more than 70 percent of tickets have been sold.
3. The National Stadium can accommodate up to 80,000 people.
4. Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk M. Saravanan advised spectators to use public transport, adding that there are a total of 18,000 parking bays by the various LRT stations along the line leading to Bukit Jalil. "The police will bar vehicles without valid SEA Games parking stickers to enter into the National Stadium vicinity," he added.
5. Speaking of public transportation, RapidKL will be offering a 50 percent discount on tickets to competition venues during the Kuala Lumpur 2017. This includes the LRT, MRT, BRT and Monorail Line. In addition, they will extend its services until 2am at selected stations during the games.
6. Another option is to park at the Race Course Club where there are 3,000 parking bays; and then ride on the shuttle service buses that will be provided. Otherwise, there's always Grab, GrabShare and...
Grab will also provide buggy services to stadium entrances for KL2017 attendees including the elderly,pregnant & those with limited mobility pic.twitter.com/oKQZhdSKIJ— Kuala Lumpur 2017 (@KL2017) August 12, 2017
7. Should you decide to wear something patriotic, there's the option of donning any of the official merchandises which you can purchase here.
8. National high jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa has been chosen to read the athlete's oath at the opening ceremony.
9. There are several things which will be prohibited from entering the stadium. Some of them include cigarettes, knives and firecrackers; snacks such as melon seeds and peanuts; air horns, scissors, umbrellas, and helmets; canned and bottled drinks. MASOC added that these items will be confiscated and spectators in possession of them could even be denied entry.
10. If you're unable to make it to the venue, you can watch it live and in 360-degree view on the official Kuala Lumpur 2017 YouTube channel. It will stream from 6pm till 10.30pm. Or download the KL2017 app to watch all the live streams, get real-time results and news, as well as to buy tickets.