Philippine Arena

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Philippine Arena
Philippine Arena Logo.png
Philippine Arena facade (18966288044).jpg
Location Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines
Coordinates 14°47′46″N 120°57′16″E / 14.79611°N 120.95444°E / 14.79611; 120.95444
Owner Iglesia Ni Cristo (New Era University)
Operator Maligaya Development Corporation
Record attendance 55,000[1]
(Eat Bulaga!: Sa Tamang Panahon,
October 24, 2015)
Field size 220 x 170 m[2]
Building details
General information
Groundbreaking August 17, 2011
Completed May 30, 2014
Inaugurated July 21, 2014 (2014-07-21)
Cost US$213 million[3] (₱9.4 billion)[4]
Height 65 m (213 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 4
Grounds 36,443.6 m2 (392,276 sq ft)[2]
Design and construction
Architect Populous
Developer New San Jose Builders
Structural engineer Buro Happold
Main contractor Hanwha Engineering and Construction[5]
Other information
Seating capacity 55,000[6][7]
Website
philippinearena.net

The Philippine Arena is a multipurpose indoor arena at Ciudad de Victoria, a 140-hectare tourism enterprise zone in Bocaue and Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines.[8] With a maximum capacity of 55,000 people, the Philippine Arena is the world's largest indoor arena.[6] It is one of the centerpiece of the many centennial projects[9] of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) for their centennial celebration on July 27, 2014.[10] The legal owner of the arena is the INC's educational institution, New Era University.[11]

History[edit]

Construction[edit]

In 2011, Korean firm, Hanwha Engineering and Construction won the contract to manage the construction of the Philippine Arena. Hanwha outbested bids from Filipino firm, EEI Corporation and Chinese firm, Jiangsu International.[6]

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Philippine Arena was done in August 17, 2011.[12] Hanwha announced that it has completed the construction of the indoor arena on May 30, 2014.[6] The venue was not formally inaugurated until almost two months later.

Inauguration[edit]

The Philippine Arena, along with Ciudad de Victoria was officially inaugurated on July 21, 2014. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo unveiled the marker of Ciudad de Victoria.[13]

Building details[edit]

Concept[edit]

The initial design concept of the Philippine arena is inspired by Narra tree, the mother tree of the Philippines, and the root of the Banyan tree.[14] The roof was inspired by that of a Nipa Hut.[15]

Architecture[edit]

Facade of the indoor arena.

Populous, a global mega-architecture firm, designed the arena through their office in Brisbane, Australia. The arena has been master planned to enable at least 50,000 people to gather inside the building and a further 50,000 to gather at a ‘live site’ or plaza outside to share in major events.[16] The seating bowl of the arena is a one-sided bowl and is partitioned into two parts, the upper and the lower bowl each with approximately 25,000 seating capacity. The lower bowl is the most used part of the building and the architectural design allows for easy separation of the lower bowl from the upper tier, by curtaining with acoustic and thermal properties. A retractable seating of 2,000 people capacity is also installed behind the stage which is used by the choir of the Iglesia ni Cristo for events of the church.[2]

The seating layout of the arena is different from that of a standard arena where the stage is at the middle and is surrounded by seats. The seating of the arena closely resembles that of a Greek amphitheater, built in a semi-circle with the seats at the sides and front of the arena stage. The seatings are divided into three sections. Each of the sections are colored green, white and red the colors of the Iglesia Ni Cristo flag.[17]

The arena has 4 floors or levels. Level 1 is the stage level, Level 2 is the main access level open to the general viewing public, Level 3 is the VIP area which also houses conference rooms with views facing the main plaza outside the indoor arena building and Level 4 is the upper concourse.[2]

Furthermore, contractor Hanwha hired their own architecture firm, Haeanh Architects for the project.[2]

Structure[edit]

Supporting structures as seen from the Arena's interior

Built on 99,200 square meters (1,068,000 sq ft) square meters of land and has a dome over 9,000 square meters (97,000 sq ft).[18] The roof spans some 170 meters (560 ft) and contains 9,000 tons of steel work. The roof was made as a separate unit to reduce burden on the arena with extra load. The arena is 65 meters (213 ft) in height, or about fifteen stories high and founded on pile construction. For earthquake loads, about a third of the dead load of the building was designed. The building was also divided into multiple structure to strengthen the arena's earthquake resistance.[15][19]

Landscape[edit]

PWP Landscape Architecture, the firm who landscaped the National September 11 Memorial & Museum,[20] designed the landscape for the arena and the whole complex of Ciudad de Victoria. For the arena, a series of outdoor plazas, gardens and performance venues form the setting for the development including: The North and South Arrival Plazas, The Promontory Plaza, The Great Stairs, and Ciudad de Victoria Plaza that are all related to each other with two cross axes (N-S and E-W) that intersect at the Promontory Plaza. Two fountains that can shoot waters up to 15 meters (49 ft) are also installed in front of the arena.[11]

Uses[edit]

An Iglesia ni Cristo event being held at the arena.

The arena holds not only major church gatherings of the Iglesia ni Cristo, but also operates as a multi-use sports and concert venue, capable of holding a range of events from boxing and basketball to live music performances, but no association football or field events due to its limited size. There is clear "line of sight" for every seat from each tier, even for various arena configurations such as church ceremonies, boxing, tennis, concerts or indoor gymnastics. The Iglesia ni Cristo allows non-Iglesia tenants to use the arena. The church reserves the right to disallow activities which it sees violate its religious principles, which include gambling-related events and cockfighting.[16][21][22]

Notable events[edit]

In popular media[edit]

The Philippine Arena was featured in a documentary called Man Made Marvels: Quake Proof. It aired on December 25, 2013 at Discovery Channel and also focused on making structures in the Philippines more safe from natural disasters in general such as earthquake and typhoons.[23]

Reception[edit]

The Philippine Arena was awarded as the best sports project in Asia under the "medium cap project" category at the Construction Awards 2013 by the World Finance.[24] On July 27, 2014, Guinness World Records recognized the arena as the largest mixed-use indoor theater.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AlDub shatters records anew". philstar.com. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Pan Stadia & Arena Management (Autumn 2014 ed.). 24–26 September 2014. pp. 85–87. 
  3. ^ Newcomb, Tim (August 31, 2011). "Building Bigger: World's Largest Indoor Arena Set for the Philippines". Time. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Encarnacion, Fidea (July 24, 2014). "INFOGRAPHICS: The Philippine Arena vs. world stadiums". ABS-CBNNews.com. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ Choi, He-suk (August 18, 2011). "Hanwha E&C to build world's largest domed arena near Manila". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d de Vera, Ben (11 June 2014). "Korean construction firm completes Iglesia Ni Cristo's P7-B Philippine Arena". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  7. ^ http://www.worldofstadiums.com/asia/philippines/philippine-arena/
  8. ^ Donna, Cueto-Ibanez (July 20, 2014). "Iglesia opens world's largest indoor arena for centennial rites". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Salud, Joel Pablo (November 5, 2012). Joel Pablo Salud, ed. "Dawn of the New Guard". Philippine Graphic (magazine). Makati City, Philippines: T. Anthony C. Cabangon. 23 (23): 23. OCLC 53164818. 
  10. ^ "Populous Designs World's Largest Arena in Manila in the Philippines". Populous. August 29, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "New Era University Philippine Arena". PWP Landscape Architecture. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ Ranada, Pia (July 27, 2013). "Waiting for Iglesia ni Cristo's PH Arena". Rappler. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ Locsin, Joel (July 21, 2014). "PNoy arrives at Philippine Arena in Bulacan for Iglesia ni Cristo event". GMA News. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Philippine Arena". Haeahn Architecture. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Arcangel, Xianne (July 21, 2014). "INC's Philippine Arena a 'challenge' for firm behind London's O2". GMA News. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "New Manila Arena pushes boundaries of Arena Design". Populous. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ Santos, Reynaldo Jr. (July 21, 2014). "FAST FACTS: Iglesia ni Cristo's Philippine Arena". Rappler. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  18. ^ Ramon Efren R. Lazaro (February 13, 2013). "Prices of agriculture lands in Bulacan town rise". Business Mirror. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  19. ^ Peter Hipolito (September 11, 2011). "Chris Sparrow on the Groundbreaking of the Philippine Arena 04:30". Christian Era Broadcasting Services Inc. YouTube. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ "National 9/11 Memorial". PWP Landscape Architecture. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  21. ^ June Navarro (April 22, 2013). "POC eyes INC-owned stadium as training site". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  22. ^ Badua, Snow (April 18, 2014). "Noticed that huge arena while travelling down NLEX during Holy Week? Well, it's months away from grand opening". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  23. ^ Umbao, Ed (December 27, 2013). "INC's Philippine Arena Featured on Discovery Channel (Video)". Philippine News. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Construction Awards 2013". World Finance. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Largest Mixed-Use Indoor Theatre". GuinnessWorldRecords.com. Guinness World Records. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 

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