LOOK: Rizal Memorial still under construction days before 2019 SEA Games

Beatrice Go

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LOOK: Rizal Memorial still under construction days before 2019 SEA Games

Beatrice Go

Scaffoldings and construction equipment surround the Rizal Memorial Complex as the SEAG football matches start on November 25


MANILA, Philippines – The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex got its first ever facelift since it opened in 1934, but it continues to be under construction days before the kick off of the  2019 Southeast Asian Games events to be held here.

Rappler visited the 85-year-old facility in Malate, Manila on Saturday, November 23, as sports officials promised that the venues will be completed in time for the regional biennial meet. 

Rizal Memorial Stadium will host its first event, the 2019 SEA Games men’s football matches, on Monday, November 25. 

Rappler also toured the Philsports Arena in Pasig City and the skate park and BMX track in Tagaytay City over the weekend and found the venues in similar states of renovation.

Tennis courts



WELCOME ARCH. Spectators are expected to enter the tennis courts here. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


FINISHING TOUCHES. Construction workers are adding their final touches to the bleachers. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


Rizal Memorial basketball stadium (gymnastics events) 


BLOCKED. The main entrance to the Rizal Memorial basketball stadium is still blocked. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


BACK ALLEY. Visitors and the workforce could only enter the stadium through the back. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


SETTING UP. Brand new gymnastics equipment will be used in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


BRIGHTENED. The locker rooms of the Rizal Memorial Stadium also get a revamp. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


WELCOME AREA. The Rizal Memorial basketball stadium's main entrance is still closed. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


CLOSED. The entrances to the Rizal Memorial basketball stadium remain closed. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


Rizal Memorial Stadium


READY. The field of play in Rizal Memorial Stadium is match-ready. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


RACE AGAINST TIME. The workers fix up the bleachers, media tribune and technical area for the 2019 SEA Games men's football events on November 25. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

– Rappler.com 

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.