New Clark City Sports Hub
|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|
|Main contractors||MTD Philippines|
The New Clark City Sports Hub or 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 although the primary venues, the stadium and aquatic center is already complete. The facility is located inside the vicinity of the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. The 50-hectare complex is going to be one of the venues of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and the 2020 ASEAN Para Games.
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 (NGAC) as a whole was held in January 23, 2018 and actual construction started on March 15, 2018. The New Clark City Sports Hub forms a significant portion 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. Around 8,000 people were employed for the project with construction work done continuously or 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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 was moved earlier to August 2019 with test events planned to be held at the venue from August to October 2019.
Following the 2019 Luzon earthquake, no damage was reported at the site of the sport's complex construction. By June 2019, the facility is 85 to 88 percent complete with most of the remaining work concerns about the area's landscaping.
The sports complex is 90 percent complete by July 2019 with the Athletics Stadium and Aquatic Center and was set to be completed by the end of August 2019.
The stadium was first used to host the final leg of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association weekly relay which was held on September 1, 2019 and the aquatic center for the 2019 Philippine Swimming National Open which began on August 31, 2019. Both events were qualifiers for Filipino athletes aiming to compete for their country in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
In early November 2019, the New Clark City Sports Hub is set to be inaugurated by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The BCDA announced its plans to construct additional sports facilities such as a multi-purpose indoor arena that can host indoor events such as basketball, as well as a lot reserved for outdoor sports such as shooting in a six-hectare area. It also announced plans to build other sports facilities for football, tennis, and cycling.
BCDA president Vince Dizon stated that the sports complex will privatize its maintenance and operations right after the SEA Games. Dizon explained that they wanted to privatize it to make the complex being well taken care of unlike being a government-run that became detoriated. To avoid becoming a "white elephant", they follow the success stories of other world-class sports facilities (such as Singapore Sports Hub in Singapore, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney). They also planned to turn the complex into a mixed-use, similar to what London and Sydney did after their hosting of Summer Olympic Games respectively.
Architecture and design
Local architecture firm, Budji + Royal Architecture + Design, were commissioned by the Bases Conversion Development Authority to work on the New Clark City Sports Hub. 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. Most structures within the complex has a dark gray lahar finish as nod to the nearby Mount Pinatubo, a volcano.
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 stadium's pillars are painted orange to represent the local sunset.
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 venue will host two swimming pools, a 10-lane Olympic pool and an 8-lane training pool.
|Venue||Purpose||Seating capacity||Year Built||Notes|
|Athletic Stadium||Multi-use, primarily track and field (athletics) and football||20,000||2019|
|Aquatics Center||Aquatics sports venue||2,000||2019|
|Athletes Village||Accommodation spaces for athletes and officials participating in competitions, conference venue||2019
|National 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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