LOOK: New Clark City Sports Complex ‘on track’ for 2019 SEA Games

Mara Cepeda
LOOK: New Clark City Sports Complex ‘on track’ for 2019 SEA Games

Rappler.com

The sprawling 9,500-hectare development includes a 20,000-seater athletics stadium, a 2,000-seater aquatics center, and an athletes' village

TARLAC, Philippines – The country’s new national sports complex in Capas, Tarlac, is almost ready for this year’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games hosted by the Philippines.

On Wednesday, October 16, lawmakers led by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Bong Go inspected the venues at the New Clark City Sports Complex. 

The sprawling 9,500-hectare development includes a 20,000-seater athletics stadium, a 2,000-seater aquatics center, and an athletes’ village with commercial banks and restaurants.

Designed by architect Royal Pineda, the stadiums were made out of local materials to showcase the Filipino identity.

Go said the construction of the sports complex is “right on schedule and will no doubt be ready for the upcoming SEA Games.”

Cayetano, who chairs the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), then urged the public to support the games.

“We kindly ask each and every Filipino…let’s come together sans politics, sans sports politics, and let’s support the Southeast Asian Games because this is the time for the Filipino and the Philippines to shine. Again, we win as one,” said the Taguig City-Pateros congressman. 

On Wednesday, PHISGOC also signed sponsorship deals with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, NLEX Corporation, and BMW, which will be the country’s official premium mobility partner for the 2019 SEA Games. 

More than 10,000 athletes from the 11 Southeast Asian countries are set to compete for regional supremacy in the SEA Games from November 30 to December 11.

 

PINATUBO-INSPIRED. The design of the athletics stadium is inspired by the crater of Mt Pinatubo, the contours of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, and the classic Filipino parol or Christmas lantern. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

 

WORLD-CLASS. The athletics stadium has a 400-meter standard track and a 9-lane world-class track and field facility. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

 

AQUATICS CENTER. The 'archipelagic lifestyle' in the Philippines is the inspiration behind the aquatics center, which has an 8-lane training pool, a 10-lane competition pool, and a 5-meter maximum depth diving pool with inland diving training facility. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

 

ATHLETES' VILLAGE. Several Filipinos who will be competing in the 2019 SEA Games are already living in the athletes' village in New Clark City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

 

LAWMAKERS' INSPECTION. Senator Bong Go and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano pose for the cameras inside the New Clark City Sports Complex. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

– Rappler.com

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Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or tweet @maracepeda.