New Clark City Sports Complex
Artist render of the NGAC sports complex
|Former names||Philippine Sports City,|
Philippine Olympic City
|Location||National Government Administrative Center, New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac, Philippines|
|Main venue||Athletic Stadium|
|Other sports facilities||Aquatic Center, Athletes Village, National Sports Training Center|
|Owner||Philippine Sports Commission|
|Broke ground||April 25, 2018|
|Opened||October or November 2019 (expected)|
|Construction cost||₱3 billion–₱6 billion (estimate)|
|Architect||Budji + Royal Architecture + Design|
The New Clark City Sports Complex (initially known as the Philippine Sports City or Philippine Olympic City) is a complex of sport facilities currently under construction. The facility is located inside the vicinity of the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. The 50-hectare complex planned to be one of the venues of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and for the ASEAN Para Games this coming 2020.
Before the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine Olympic Committee had previous plans to put up a national training center outside Metro Manila but talks to establish such facility did not have any significant progress. Duterte personally directed Philippine Sports Commission head, William Ramirez to "take the lead" leading to Ramirez having talks with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea about plans for a replacement of the old Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
After the silver medal finish by Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the PSC bared plans to build the "Philippine Olympic City" at New Clark City.
Ramirez said that the sports hub, which will house national athletes and sports facilities, will be one of the primary attractions at the New Clark City, then named Clark Green City, and could be a possible main venue of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games which will be hosted by the country. Ramirez said that he hopes that the sports complex will be open by 2018.The sports complex will have the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) as the primary involved body in its construction following a meeting between the PSC Board and BCDA president Vince Dizon.
The Philippine Sports Commission estimated that the project will cost between ₱3 billion to ₱6 billion. A ₱1 billion savings from the PSC could be used to partly finance the construction by the BCDA, a GOCC that developed the Clark and Subic as well as Villamor Air Base and Fort Bonifacio.
Groundbreaking for the National Government Administrative Center as a whole was held in January 23, 2018. The sports complex is part of the Phase 1A of the larger mixed-used government complex's development. Construction of the sports complex itself began in April 25, 2018 which was marked by a cement-pouring ceremony.
The whole Phase 1A of the NGAC is targeted to be completed by October 2019. As of October 2018, the sports complex is already 30 percent complete. By November 2018, the projected completion of the sports complex, now dubbed as the New Clark City Sports Complex was moved earlier to August 2019 with test events planned to be held at the venue from August to October 2019.
Architecture and design
Local architecture firm, Budji + Royal Architecture + Design, were commissioned by the Bases Conversion Development Authority to work on the NGAC sports complex. The firm will be collaborating with American urban planner and engineering firm AECOM. Architect Royal Pineda and interior designer Budji Layug of Budji + Royal are involved in the sports complex project. The design of the complex was inspired from the parol, a Filipino Christmas lantern.
The main stadium, which had its design was derived from Mount Pinatubo, will had its posts and facade made from lahar or volcanic debris from the volcano. Its ringed roofline will be made to resemble a crater and be defined by a series of curving canopies. The main facade or the main entrance will be ornated with glassframes.
The Aquatic Center's design will consist of a huge open shed with a prismatic roof similar to a parol made of capiz coating. The roofing will be made from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a fiberglass material used for its lightweight property, durability, and weather resistance. The architects intends to cover the facility but still let natural light into its interior. At daytime, the architects intended the roof to resemble capiz windows used by old Philippine houses and at night the roof will be illuminated to resemble a lit parol.
The sports complex will include an Athletes Village, National Sports Training Center- complete with a track and field oval and the Philippine Institute for Sports also equipped with facilities for the scientific sports training and development of Filipino athletes. The main stadium will have a 20,000 seating capacity while the aquatics center with 2,000 seating capacity.
|Venue||Purpose||Seating capacity||Year Built||Notes|
|Athletic Stadium||Multi-use, primarily track and field (athletics) and football||20,000
|Aquatics Center||Aquatics sports venue||2,000||2019
|Athletes Village||Accommodation spaces for athletes and officials participating in competitions, conference venue||2019
|National Sports Training Center||Training venue||?||Includes an athletics track|
|Philippine Institute for Sports – New Clark City||Sports education and training venue||?|
|River Park Corridor||Park and leisure space||2019
|Covers 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi) and consists of jogging paths, bikeways, open amphitheaters, and designated public areas for exercises such as yoga and zumba.|
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