New Clark City: Kauna-unahang para sa Pinas, Olympic grade class 1 stadium - The Daily Sentry

New Clark City: Kauna-unahang para sa Pinas, Olympic grade class 1 stadium

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Manila, Philippines - The much-awaited 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) Opening Ceremonies will be held on November 30th, where athletes around South East Asia nations consisting of eleven countries will compete with each other on a friendly, professional display of sportsmanship and camaraderie.

After years of waiting and sweat and blood preparation for the glorious event that happens every two years, the long wait is finally happening. *

The first world class Olympic size stadium of the Philippines

Filipinos around the world will definitely flaunt with pride and joy as people around the world will witness the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic size, Grade Class 1 Athletic Stadium and Aquatics Center.

The said world-class Athletic Stadium can accommodate 20,000 audiences while the Aquatics Center is a 2,000 seating capacities respectively, as the SEA Games will take place at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

To give you a walkthrough of our first ever Olympic Size Stadium where the nine-lane 400-meter track and field oval, and six-lane warm-up indoor and outdoor tracks were was approved and recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)-Rekortan M sandwich synthetic surface system.

With the approval of the Class 1 facility certification from the international governing body for the sport of athletics will mean that the Philippines’ new Athletic Stadium can now host Tier-1 athletics competitions like the SEA Games, the Asian Games, and the Olympic Games. * 

Credits to New Clark City Stadium 

According to Shaun Goudie, Sports Group Asia General Manager, “I really hope that Filipino athletes can excel on these surfaces. That would really be the icing on the cake for us: to see them starting to set world records or at least national records on the track.” 

Moreover, SmarTracks, the leader in giving effective support for assessing speed, endurance, agility, and force, is providing its service for the accurate time registration and performance analyses with digital diagnostic technology donated by MTD Philippines, which includes the 99 SmarTracks timing gates.
While the Stadium’s warm-up tracks are installed with E-Sport International to capture the precise measurements of runners that use sensor belts.
Aside from the Athletic Stadium, an Aquatic Center were built inside the New Clark City Sports Hub for the biennial meet scheduled for November 30-December 11 courtesy of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).
The IAAF-certified the Aquatics Center as Class 1 facility and meets the standards as per Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA), the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, and open water swimming.
Many athletes admired the famous Aquatics Center including Mr. Ernie Gawilan, also known as the Asian Para Games triple gold medalist in para-swimming. *


The Athletics Stadium takes inspiration from the “caldera” or crater of Mt. Pinatubo and the organic lahar material was used in the concrete for the stadium’s posts and facade. It is designed after a volcanic crater, while glass frames adorn the main entrance of the stadium.

Local architecture firm, Budji + Royal Architecture + Design were commissioned by the BCDA to work on the New Clark City Sports Hub, inspired from the surrounding land and to show the Filipino spirit and resilience.

During the Aquatics Center fiberglass roof also displays the coastal heritage of the Filipino people depicting Capiz shells used as windows in old Philippine houses, while the structural framing mimics the weaving patterns of the “baklad’” or woven fish nets while the roof resembles that of a lit “parol”, a Filipino Christmas lantern, by night. 

The Athletes’ Village inside the New Clark City sports complex will serve as the home of the athletes, officials, and international volunteers for the entire duration of the 2019 SEA Games.

Its amenities includes 525 rooms, 95 of which are for PWDs, gym amenities, kitchen and dining areas, conference rooms, and other recreational facilities. There are even Self-driving cars that would be shuttle the SEA Games athletes to different sports venues.

According to BCDA, after the SEA Games the Aquatics Center facilities will be used by local athletes for training and can be used for venues of different events, concerts, and other sports events.

Opening Acts

The opening show will feature well known Filipino international pop artist Apl de Ap and the Black Eyed Peas and Filipino international musical theatre star Lea Salonga in a collaborative show with Philippine National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab.

The 30th SEA Games Opening Ceremonies on November 30 will feature the arrival of the 30th SEA Games Torch with a design inspired by the Philippines’ national flower, the Sampaguita. *