Panaad Park and Stadium

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Panaad Park and Stadium
Location Bacolod, Philippines
Coordinates 10°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
Owner Negros Occidental Provincial Government
Capacity 8,000
Record attendance 20,000 (Philippines vs Mongolia, February 9, 2011)
Field size 111 × 71 m[1]
(121.4 x 77.6 yd)
Surface Grass
Construction
Built August 1997 to April 1998
Renovated 2007, 2010, 2011
Architect United Architects Association
Tenants
Ceres–Negros F.C. (2015–present)
Philippines national football team (2009–present)

The Panaad Park and Stadium (also spelled as Pana-ad) is a multi-purpose stadium located inside the Panaad Park and Sports Complex in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, Philippines. The stadium and the park span 25 hectares with about 60,000 eucalyptus trees. [2][3]

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. [4][5]

History[edit]

Karate students during their playground demonstration at Panaad Stadium.

Construction[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 Palaro. [6]

Aside from the football field, the stadium features a rubberized track, and the Sports Complex features an Olympic-size swimming pool, basketball court and other sports facilities. Surrounding these structures are cabanas.

Development[edit]

In 1998, the construction of the stadium and sports complex paved the way for the establishment of the park that has become the permanent home of Panaad sa Negros.[3]

Occupying a large part of Panaad Park are the 32 booths — each either a replica of the town or the city’s icons or best products. All the 13 cities and 19 towns gather at the park to showcase their respective festivals, products and produce, songs and dances, arts and crafts. It features various sports and cultural contests, trade fair and exhibits, concerts, garden shows, and local pageants. [3]

The Negros Occidental Provincial Government saw a jam-packed Panaad Stadium with an estimated 20,000 crowd during the opening ceremonies of the 19th Panaad sa Negros Festival. [7]

Renovation[edit]

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.[6]

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 Park and Stadium in Bacolod City 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 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]

Major events and activities held[edit]

Major national and international events held at the Panaad complex[16]

  • 22nd Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championships
  • ASEAN under 19 Football Championship
  • Sanya Samakki Cup Negros Splash-In 1999 (SEA Interclub Age Group Swimming Championship)
  • ASEAN Secondary Level Track and Field Competition
  • National Underwater Hockey Championships
  • ASEAN Women’s Football Championships

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estádios - Manila, Filipinas". Show de Bola (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Reyes, Glady (28 January 2011). "Panaad Park and Stadium". ExperienceNegros. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Dangcalan, Danny (18 April 2016). "Panaad: A vow that lasts". SunStar Bacolod. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Ceres-La Salle begins 2016 AFC Cup journey in front of hometown crowd". ABS-CBN Sports. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Guerrero, Bob (12 January 2017). "Football: So, how's that national league coming along?". Rappler. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Tupas, Cedelf (6 September 2007). "Panaad oval up for repair". The Visayan Daily Star. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Panaad sa Negros Festival 2012 Grand Opening". Public Information Section, Neg Occ Provincial Government. 11 April 2012. 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. 
  16. ^ Toga, James (13 May 2014). "Bacolod Plans to Create Sports Complex". Negros daily Bulletin. Retrieved 31 March 2017.