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Philippine Sports Stadium

Philippine Sports Stadium
The PSS football field in November 2014
Location Ciudad de Victoria, Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines
Coordinates
Owner Iglesia Ni Cristo (New Era University)
Operator Maligaya Development Corporation[1]
Capacity 20,000 (football); 25,000 (concert)
Acreage 3 hectares
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground August 17, 2011
Opened July 21, 2014
Architect Phildipphil
Project manager New Era University
New San Jose Builders
Generation Design Asia
Structural engineer Phildipphil
Main contractors Phildipphil
Tenants
Philippine National Football Team (2014-present)

The Philippine Sports Stadium, also known as New Era University (NEU) Stadium, is a football and track stadium at Ciudad de Victoria, a 140-hectare tourism enterprise zone in the towns of Bocaue and Santa Maria in Bulacan, Philippines.[2] The stadium was built right next to the Philippine Arena, an indoor arena. The stadium is the largest football stadium in the Philippines with a maximum seating capacity of 25,000.[3] Its seating capacity is more than twice the seating capacity of the Rizal Memorial Stadium, the national stadium of the country which has a seating capacity of 12,000.[4][5]

International sporting events

Football

Club

The first football match and major sporting event to be held at the Philippine Sports Stadium was between clubs Global and Yadanarbon in April 15, 2015. About 2,000 people attended the match. The Philippine-based Global defeated Yadanarbon of Myanmar, 4–1 in a group stage match at the 2015 AFC Cup.[6][7][8] Mark Hartmann was the first football player to make a goal at the stadium scoring at the 16th minute from a penalty kick. Yan Paing was the first foreigner and football player from a foreign-based club to make a goal at the stadium scoring the lone goal for his team at the 19th minute.[9]

International

The first full international game held in the stadium was between the Philippines and Bahrain which took place in June 11, 2015 as part of the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The Philippines defeated Bahrain 2–1 with Misagh Bahadoran scoring his first international goal in the 50th minute which is also the first goal made for a national team side at the stadium. Javier Patiño was the other scorer for the Philippine side scoring 10 minutes later after Bahadoran's goal. Abdulwahab Al Malood scored a consolation goal for Bahrain in 3 minutes into extra time, becoming the first goalscorer for a foreign national team side. The match was attended by about 6,000 people.[10][11]

Matches
Date Competition Team Result Team Spectators
April 15, 2015 2015 AFC Cup group stage Global 4–1 Yadanarbon 2,000
May 13, 2015 0–0 Pahang 1,708
June 11, 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC (Round 2)  Philippines 2–1  Bahrain 6,012
September 8, 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC (Round 2)  Philippines 1–5  Uzbekistan 7,500

Rugby union

The first rugby tournament held in the stadium was the 2015 Asian Rugby Championship Division 1 tournament, which hosted the teams of Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Singapore and the Philippines in May 6 and 9, 2015. The first rugby match was a match between Singapore and the Philippines held in May 6, with the hosts winning the match in extra time with the scoreline of 20–17. The Philippines later lost to Sri Lanka in the finals with the scoreline of 14–27.[12][13][14]

Other events

The stadium has also been used for concerts and non-sporting events. Along with the Philippine Arena, the Philippine Sports Stadium was used as a venue for the Iglesia ni Cristo's centennial celebration event held in July 27, 2014 with the stadium filled with 20,000 people during the rites.[15] The stadium also held concerts of local artists as part of the 2015 New Year's Countdown event.[1]

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