Panaad Stadium

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Panaad Stadium
Negrense wears Yellow for Ceres Negros.jpg
Full namePanaad Stadium
LocationBacolod, Philippines
Coordinates10°37′30″N 122°57′56″E / 10.624926°N 122.965465°E / 10.624926; 122.965465Coordinates: 10°37′30″N 122°57′56″E / 10.624926°N 122.965465°E / 10.624926; 122.965465
OwnerNegros Occidental Provincial Government
Capacity9,825[1]
Record attendance20,000 (Philippines vs Mongolia, February 9, 2011)
Field size111 × 71 m[2]
(121.4 x 77.6 yd)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
BuiltAugust 1997 to April 1998
Renovated2007, 2010, 2011
ArchitectUnited Architects of the Philippines
Tenants
Ceres–Negros F.C. (2015–present)
Philippines national football team (2009–present)

The Panaad Stadium (also spelled as Pana-ad; also known as the Panaad Park and Stadium after the park the stadium is situated in) is a multi-purpose stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod, Philippines. The park, which the stadium is a part of, span 25 hectares with about 60,000 eucalyptus trees. [3][4]

Panaad hosted various international sporting events particularly football when Bacolod co-hosted the 2005 Southeast Asian Games and the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification against Mongolia. The stadium is home to Ceres-Negros F.C.[5][6]

History[edit]

The construction of Panaad started in August 1997 during the term of Gov. Lito Coscolluela. It was finished in April 1998 and opened the following month to host the Centennial Palarong Pambansa.[7] Aside from the football field, the stadium features a rubberized track. After the construction of the stadium, the Panaad Stadium and the surrounding area was made part of a park which became the permanent main venue of the Panaad sa Negros Festival.[4]

Renovation[edit]

The Panaad Stadium in 2010 (left) and 2018 (right)

In 2007, the Provincial Government has earmarked P2.2 million for the repair of the oval, which has played host to two National Palaro meets, the now-defunct national Batang Pinoy meet, and many school-based athletic events since it opened in May 1998.[7]

The decade-old stadium was considered to host the semifinal matches of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup between the Philippines and Indonesia, but was disqualified for not satisfying the standards of the ASEAN Football Federation.[8]

Despite the minor improvements, Panaad hosted a match between the Philippines national football team and Mongolia in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification on February 9, 2011 with an attendance of 20,000 people, filling the grandstand, bleachers, and standing room areas.[9][10][11]

In early 2016, it was reported that the provincial government of Negros Occidental is planning to increase the seating capacity of the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod if it wins its bid for the hosting of the 2017 Palarong Pambansa. This is in line with the recent FIFA and AFC stadium requirement of at least 30,000 seats in order to host an international football tournament.[12] The Negros Occidental chapter of the United Architects Association of the Philippines has made an initial survey and came up with a P200 million (USD4.5 million) budget to refurbish Panaad. A PHP200 million (USD4.5 million) budget could build another roofed grandstand on the opposite side of the field and seats behind the two goals to increase the capacity to 32,000.[13]

The stadium was refurbished for the hosting of the home matches of Ceres Negros F.C. at the 2016 AFC Cup. Fiber glass seats on the main grandstand for VIPs and the media tribune were installed. Media venues within the sports venue were also renovated particularly the press box, VIP rooms, press conference room, and the media working room. A VIP lounge and a new air conditioning system were also installed. By February 2016, the Negros Occidental Football Association were improving the floodlight illumination of the stadium.[14][15]

Notable events at the Panaad Stadium[edit]

Sports events[edit]

Other[edit]

Tenants[edit]

Panaad at 25, opening ceremony
Fans of Ceres-Negros FC

The Panaad Park and Stadium has been the permanent home of the Panaad sa Negros Festival, an annual festival held every April. Panaad is the Hiligaynon word for "vow" or "promise"; the festival has religious significance, serving as a form of thanksgiving to the Divine Providence. The festival is participated by the 13 cities and 19 towns of Negros Occidental.

The facility also serves as the home venue for Ceres Negros F.C., a Filipino football club which plays in the Philippines Football League. Ceres Negros plays their league and AFC Cup matches in the stadium. The Panaad Stadium has also hosted matches of the Philippines men's and women's national football team such as the men's competition at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games and the 1999 AFC Women's Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10 cái nhất tại AFF Cup 2018: 'Messi Lào', hàng khủng Premier League". Bóng đá. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Estádios - Manila, Filipinas". Show de Bola (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Reyes, Glady (28 January 2011). "Panaad Park and Stadium". ExperienceNegros. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b Dangcalan, Danny (18 April 2016). "Panaad: A vow that lasts". SunStar Bacolod. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Ceres-La Salle begins 2016 AFC Cup journey in front of hometown crowd". ABS-CBN Sports. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  6. ^ Guerrero, Bob (12 January 2017). "Football: So, how's that national league coming along?". Rappler. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  7. ^ a b Tupas, Cedelf (6 September 2007). "Panaad oval up for repair". The Visayan Daily Star. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  8. ^ Senate of the Philippines, Press Release. "Privilege Speech of Senator Zubiri: The Azkals and the State of Philippine Sports: Has It Gone to the Dogs?". Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  9. ^ "Sports officials want expansion, creation of football stadiums". GMA News. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  10. ^ Iñigo, Manolo (9 April 2011). "When the azkals rage is stilled". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  11. ^ Dangcalan, Danny (10 February 2011). "Phl Azkals tame Mongolia". The Freeman. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  12. ^ Adiong, Eugene (30 March 2017). "Guv eyes upgrade panaad capacity". Negros Daily Bulletin. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Panaad stadium renovation to cost usd4.5million". ASEAN Football federation. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  14. ^ Galunan, Jerome Jr. (17 February 2016). "Panaad gets facelift ahead of AFC Cup". Watchmen Daily Journal. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  15. ^ Doble, Henry (17 February 2016). "Panaad gets facelift for AFC Cup". SunStar Bacolod. Retrieved 31 March 2017.

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