Rizal Memorial Sports Complex

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Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
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The National Stadium of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
Location Manila, Philippines
Construction
Built 1934
Opened 1934
Renovated 1953, 1981, 1991, 2005, 2011, 2012

The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, is a national sports complex of the Philippines, located on Pablo Ocampo St. (formerly Vito Cruz St.), Malate, Manila. It is named after the country's national hero, José Rizal. The whole complex is currently managed by the Philippine Sports Commission, while the property is owned by the Manila City government.[1]

Formerly the Manila Carnival Grounds, the RMSC was built in 1934 for the Far Eastern Championship Games, a precursor to the Asian Games. It was destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed in 1953 for use in the 1954 Asian Games.

The complex was renovated in 2011. The National Stadium, the centerpiece of the sports complex, has a maximum seating capacity of 30,000. The complex also houses the administrative office of the PSC, and quarters for the Philippine national athletes.

On December 2016, the group of businessman Enrique Razon has expresssed interest for the proposed urban redevelopment and modernization of the RMSC. The plan is to build-up contemporary buildings and commercial structures with modern smart technologies and amenities, as well as more greener open spaces within the property. A sports museum will also be construct here, while the facade of the Rizal Memorial Coliseum will be retained.[2] The PSC had reportedly planned to be transferred the facilities in the proposed Philippine Sports City located in Clark, Pampanga.[3] An online petition posted on Change.org was initiated to save the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex amid several reports on the planned redevelopment.[4]

Notable events at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex[edit]

Facilities at the RMSC[edit]

A directory map showing the facilities of the sports complex

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Talavera, Catherine (December 6, 2016). "Biz group backs Rizal Memorial Complex redevelopment". The Manila Times. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ dela Paz, Charisse (December 6, 2016). "Razon group plans to renovate Rizal Memorial Coliseum, add malls". Rappler. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ Gonzales, Iris and Macairan, Evelyn (December 7, 2016). "Razon revives offer to redevelop Rizal sports complex". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Online petition seeks to save Rizal Memorial Sports Complex". ABS-CBN News. December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.