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LOOK: Workers rushing Rizal Memorial facelift for SEA Games football

MANILA, Philippines – Renovation of some parts of the Rizal Memorial Stadium is still ongoing even hours before the venue hosts the football competitions of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. 

Men's football actions kicks off at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Monday, November 25, but construction workers were seen repainting the facade of the 85-year-old pitch on the same day. 

Rappler photographer Ben Nabong roamed around the venue Monday morning and took photos showing metal scaffoldings are still up. 

 

UNFINISHED. Metal scaffoldings remain around the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

UNFINISHED. Metal scaffoldings remain around the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

 

LAST MINUTE. Workers are trying to complete the repainting of the facade of the Rizal Memorial Stadium on the same day it hosts the football competition. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LAST MINUTE. Workers are trying to complete the repainting of the facade of the Rizal Memorial Stadium on the same day it hosts the football competition.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

 

RACE AGAINST TIME. Renovation of some parts of the Rizal Memorial Stadium has yet to be completed. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

RACE AGAINST TIME. Renovation of some parts of the Rizal Memorial Stadium has yet to be completed.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

It will be Malaysia versus Myanmar for the first game at 4 pm before the Philippine Azkals take on Cambodia at 8 pm. 

The actual pitch, though, seems ready. 

 

GOOD TO GO. The football field of the Rizal Memorial Stadium looks ready. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

GOOD TO GO. The football field of the Rizal Memorial Stadium looks ready.

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

 

The football competitions will run from November 25 to December 10, with some games in the men's division and almost the entire matches in the women's class to be held at the Biñan Football Stadium in Laguna. – Rappler.com