The Largest Floating Stage in the World
Located in Singapore, the Float at Marina Bay is the largest floating stage in the world. Made entirely of steel, the floating platform measures 120 meters (393.7 ft) long and 83 meters (272.3 ft) wide. The platform can bear 1,070 tonnes and is fixed to the seabed by six pylons. The gallery at the stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000 people.
The Float at Marina Bay has been the venue for the annual National Day Parade since 2007; it was the site for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010; and right in front of the stadium seats are turns 17 and 18 for the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.
Construction of the Float at Marina Bay
Construction on the floating platform began in March of 2006. The stage took 13 months to build and it was officially opened in 2007. The platform is made of 15 pontoons which can interlock like a jigsaw puzzle. This makes the structure re-configurable to meet different event requirements.
Six pylons are fixed into the seabed and act as the structure’s foundation. Heavy-duty rubber rollers were used to gently guide the stage vertically to keep it from being rocked by tides and currents. The three linkways which connect the floating platform to the land also have special integrated joints to keep them steady. [Source: Wikipedia]
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