Quirino Stadium

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Quirino Stadium
Quirino Stadium Facade.jpg
Main facade
Full name President Elpidio Quirino Stadium
Location Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Coordinates 17°34′39.1″N 120°23′24″E / 17.577528°N 120.39000°E / 17.577528; 120.39000Coordinates: 17°34′39.1″N 120°23′24″E / 17.577528°N 120.39000°E / 17.577528; 120.39000
Capacity 5,000
Surface Artificial turf
Construction
Opened 1953
Renovated 2016
Tenants
Ilocos United F.C. (2017–present)

The President Elpidio Quirino Stadium, simply known as the Quirino Stadium is a sports facility in the town of Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

History[edit]

The Quirino Stadium was inaugurated in 1953 by then President Elpidio Quirino, the namesake of the sports venue and hosted the 6th Palarong Pambansa, a national multi-sport event for students.[1]

The sports facility underwent a Ilocos Sur government-funded rehabilitation from February 2014[2] to April 2016[3]Firmbuilders, Inc. was involved in the rehabilitation of the sports facility.[4] The Quirino Stadium had a re-inauguration in April 30, 2016.[3] The rehabilitation was done as part of Ilocos Sur's unsuccessful bid to host the 2017 edition of the Palarong Pambansa[5] though the facility later became part of the province's successful bid for the 2018 edition of the games.[6]

A historical marker at the stadium was unveiled in February 2, 2018 to commemorate the bicentennial foundation anniversary of the province of Ilocos Sur.[7]

Facilities[edit]

Their track oval and artificial grass football field

Prior to the Quirino Stadium's rehabilitation which completed in April 2016, the sports facility used to be unadorned.[3] The stadium's blue rubberized athletics track, basketball and lawn tennis courts, as well as its artificial grass football pitch were installed as part of the 2016 renovations.[3][8] The stadium has a seating capacity of 5,000[9] but it can hold as much as 7,000 people.[10]

A beach volleyball court is being installed inside the stadium. A covered court for indoor sports, a swimming pool and billeting quarters were also planned to be built in a later date.[6]

Events[edit]

Athletics[edit]

The Quirino Stadium has also hosted the Region 1 Athletic Association meet, an athletics tournament for sportspeople from the Ilocos Region. It hosted the regional tournament in 2017.[3]

Multi-sport[edit]

The Palarong Pambansa, a national students' games, has been hosted at the Quirino Stadium when the venue was inaugurated in 1953.[1] The stadium will host events of the 2018 edition of the games.[6][11] The 2017 edition of the Batang Pinoy tournament has also been hosted in the stadium.[12]

Football[edit]

The Quirino Stadium hosted the first international match of the Philippine national football team in Northern Luzon against Australian club Perth Glory FC.[13] [14] The match was attended by 6,000 people[15] on June 26, 2016 ended in a 0-2 defeat for the Philippine national side.[16]Ilocos United F.C. used the stadium as their home venue during the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League in 2017.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ilocos vows to snag Palarong Pambansa hosting". Sun Star Baguio. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "BANTAY - Photos of Grounbreaking Ceremony for Quirino Stadium Rehabilitation". Ilocos Daily. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "IS to Host Next R1AA, New Stadium Inaugurated". Department of Education (Philippines). 3 May 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "About". Firmbuilders, Inc. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Pacris, Ben P. (13 May 2015). "Quirino Stadium sa Ilocos Sur, gagawing modernong sports arena" [Quirino Stadium in Ilocos Sur to be made into a modern sports arena] (in Filipino). Amianan Balita Ngayon. Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Bantay to bid for Palaro with state-of-art facility". The Philippine Star. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Adriano, Leilanie (4 February 2018). "Ilocandia's bicentennial monument unveiled in Ilocos Sur". Northbound Philippines. Philippine News Agency. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  8. ^ Landingin, JJ (30 April 2016). "New turf". Amianan Balita Ngayon. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Doble, Henry (1 April 2017). "8 teams for PFL inaugural kickoff". Sun Star Bacolod. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  10. ^ Fenix, Ryan (April 20, 2017). "Can top-flight PHL football thrive up north? Ilocos United FC is here to find out". Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ Ulanday, John Bryan (21 March 2018). "Vigan ready for Palaro hosting". Daily Tribune (in English and Filipino). Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  12. ^ "Batang Pinoy kicks off in Vigan". Manila Standard. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  13. ^ Realgo, Bryan (22 June 2016). "Azkals set to face Australia's Perth Glory in Ilocos". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Lazaro, Freddie. "Quirino Stadium hosts game between PH, Aus". Tempo. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Tupas, Cedelf. "Perth Glory booters hold down Azkals". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "Glory wraps up Philippines trip with 2-0 win". Perth Glory F.C. Website. Retrieved 28 July 2016.