Biñan, Laguna becomes home to new artificial-grass football pitch
This regulation-sized football field is believed to be the first from a local government unit in the Philippines and could provide a big boost for the game in the region. Bob Guerrero Published 2:16 PM, August 06, 2015
MANILA, Philippines - Biñan, Laguna is well-known as a center for manufacturing, boasting two world-class industrial parks. But the city of about 300,000 inhabitants could very well be the center for football in the region as well.
The newest artificial grass football field in the country has just been completed in Barangay Zapote, Biñan, a stone's throw away from the Biñan City Hall. The facility, which has yet to be given an official name, is believed to be the thirteenth synthetic pitch in and around Metro Manila, after installations in Rizal Memorial, International School Manila, the British School, Turf BGC, The Camp, Sparta, Chelsea-Gatorade Blue Pitch, King's School, FEU Diliman, Emperador Stadium, and De La Salle-Zobel. The Valdes family also has a small pitch in their family compound in San Juan.
The field, which will have an athletics track laid around it soon, measures 66 meters wide and 102 meters long, slightly less than FIFA's preferred size of 68 meters by 105 meters, but still very common and acceptable.
E-Sports, headed by Audris Romualdez, installed the turf, which is Diamond 50, a premium product of the Italian turf company Limonta. As the name suggests, the two-toned monofilament blades of grass are fifty millimeters long. The backing of the Italian-made latex turf carpet is coated in polyurethane, which, according to Romualdez, prevents the grass from easily being torn away. In other installations, the backing is just latex.
The rubber infill granules are imported from Spain. The surface feels quite soft and natural to the feet. There is a drainage system for the field underneath.
Romualdez's company also supplied the Limonta surface for the the Turf BGC, Emperador, and Rizal Memorial fields.
The field recently passed the FIFA 2 star test conducted by Kiwa ISA Sport B.V., a Dutch FIFA-accredited testing institute. According to Kiwa ISA's Anthony Apparailly, all Biñan is waiting for is the certificate from FIFA, which should be forthcoming.
The football governing body marks fields as “1 Star” if they are fit for amateur and recreational use and “2 Star” if they are considered suitable for professional and international-level play.
The aluminum goal frames are from AFN Sports, a Malaysian brand that uses German technology.
Lighting is provided by American specialist Musco, from Iowa. The five lighting towers are said to be able to provide 1400 lux of light, more than the widely-accepted 1200 lux minimum. According to E-Sports' Yo Casal, the lighting is “constant,” meaning the illumination will not deteriorate over time.
A grandstand is being built beside the pitch that will seat up to 2500 spectators under a canopy that thankfully has no vertical pillars that could block anyone's view. There will be four dressing rooms, so in the event of a double-header, all four teams can enjoy some privacy. Inside the grandstand there are plans to put up a boxing ring. A closed-off VIP section will be in the upper center of the grandstand and a stage below.
Project Manager Francis Zamora, who happens to be a footballer himself from Jaro, Iloilo, expects the grandstand to be completed sometime within the next few months.
The grandstand will sit just four and a half meters away from the track, which means spectators will be close to the action. It is also understood that temporary bleacher seating could be a possibility in the future.
In one corner of the field opposite the grandstand there will be a twelve-by-nine meter screen that will serve as a scoreboard and could even show video replays if there are televised matches there.
The sun sets and rises on an axis diagonal to the pitch from one end to the other, which is acceptable. The ideal is having the sun come up and down from side to side, and the worst situation is an east-west orientation where one team plays against the sun all the time.
The Alonte Sports Arena, a 6500-seat indoor hoops facility that has hosted PBA games in the past, is right beside the football stadium. In between the two stadia is a creek whose capacity has been increased ten times thanks to concrete embankments.
According to Vice Mayor Arman Dimaguila, Biñan is also planning to build an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The city, led by Mayor Marlyn Alonte-Naguiat, intends to host the Palarong Pambansa within the next few years. An artist's rendering of the grandstands for the field which are still be built. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler
An artist's rendering of the grandstands for the field which are still be built. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler
As of the moment there is a two-lane road that leads to the city hall complex and the two sports facilities. But Dimaguila says the city government will purchase three hectares of adjacent land for parking and to make another access road leading out, to ease traffic during big sporting events.
“We envision the city to be a center of sports development,” says Dimaguila, who says this is the first artificial football field commissioned by a Philippine local government unit. It will be completely funded using government coffers and the entire shebang, field, track, lights, and grandstand, will likely cost P320 million.
PFF to hold Women's Invitational tournament.
Biñan's new football field will get its first taste of competition this month with the Philippine Football Federation's Women's Invitational Cup.
The tournament follows on the heels of the 9-a-side tournament the Federation held for the girls last year, which was won by FEU.
Ten teams will participate in a group stage followed by a playoff phase. The sides were drawn into two groups on Tuesday at the press conference in the PFF office. FEU will field two sides, one an all-student team and another a squad comprised of their top players and some alumni, including playing-coach Let Dimzon. Also entering two squads is UP, who will trot out two equal strength teams dubbed “UP x” and “UP y.”
DLSU, UST, and Ateneo will be the other UAAP teams involved, while Chelsea Soccer School, Sikat, and Green Archers United Globe round out the field.
In what could be considered a blockbuster offseason transfer, Sikat (pronounced SEE-kat), have brought in national team member Natasha Alquiros from Green Archers United. Sikat owner/player Amanda Fernandez says Sikat's regular training schedule appealed to Alquiros. Fernandez owns the Sparta indoor football field where her team trains.
The opening matches of the tournament that kicks off on August 9 will be held in Rizal Memorial, but it was revealed in the press con that subsequent games are planned for Biñan, Emperador, and FEU Diliman.
Gracing the press conference was senator Pia Cayetano, an avid supporter of women's sports and a confessed “soccer mom” herself.
A friend of a friend who shall remain anonymous for now posted these pictures on Facebook of the seemingly NEW Football field in Binan, and as can be clearly seen from the pics, it is in ARTIFICIAL TURF.
So way to go, PFF. It seems the people of Binan were also happy to have such a nice facility in their area. Congrats to the PFF and to Philippine Football in general ...
Football field with projected 2580 seating capacity. Sanctioned by the Philippine Football Federation. Open Monday to Sunday from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. FIFA 2 Star
Contact information (02)401 9159
I've read an article that AFC only consider stadium as "A-Stadium" if it can accommodate at least 5,000 fans, with 4 changing room,a medical room,media room,control room-for the security of the stadium. They might need to increase the capacity of Binan football stadium. They just renamed their club now, from now on they're now called Stallion Laguna FC. check their FB group with the same name.
BoyBacolod: what lol 😋
Feb 23, 2019 12:57:25 GMT 8
truman: keep ting on basketball, mate. accept it, we can't cope up with its popularity. Dont hate on the sport. Blame PFF for not marketing the sport well enough.Now that the Philippines is in the FIBA World Cup, it would be a loooot harder for ustogainsupport
Feb 25, 2019 0:44:10 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: If some UAAP or NCAA schools will join the new league in one form or another, it may remove the gap between U22s and seniors. The schools can devise a system akin to sports academies, education is important after all.
Feb 28, 2019 18:16:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Will the PFL be like the San Marino league system, where there are no so-called "home" stadiums.
Mar 2, 2019 12:39:19 GMT 8
leoisiah: Gibraltar also has a single stadium for their league.
Mar 12, 2019 8:27:57 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Rules are rules are rules. The two clubs should have known better. They are given loads of time to act on it. And to those who say PFF sucks, sometimes they do but one thing they are consistent is sticking to the rules.
Mar 25, 2019 10:42:16 GMT 8
truman: Agree @boybacolod
Mar 25, 2019 14:49:21 GMT 8
truman: lowkey cringe sa conyoness ng PPL FB page.
Apr 8, 2019 10:11:23 GMT 8
truman: sad day for philippine football
Apr 27, 2019 13:22:38 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Why I like UAAP football, no more extra games for seeding.Makes me think about European efficiency. Wish gayahin din sa basketball (very sketchy tiebreakers), like Euroleague.
May 8, 2019 14:02:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Negros Occidental footy fans, expect more football this 2019, now that a San Carlos native is governor.
May 14, 2019 2:05:22 GMT 8
Jun 9, 2019 18:39:47 GMT 8
@BoyBacolod: Hamak na mungkahi lang. Mabuti siguro kung maipromote ulit ang larong sipa. Daming maling sa sipa na mga bata, mabuting transistion for futsal, kung hindi regular football. Parang sa Thailand, sepak takraw, o chinlone sa Myanmar.
Jul 24, 2019 19:12:53 GMT 8
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Sept 16, 2019 19:18:16 GMT 8
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Sept 16, 2019 23:48:32 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: As long as Ricky Yanson is professional to Ceres FC and extends support to the Azkals in general (Ceres Azkals in particular) during home games, he can be PFF president in my book. Much better will be reconciling with Leo, though that idea is Farfetch'd.
Sept 21, 2019 23:07:36 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Kaya fans wishing that Ricky Yanson wins the PFF presidency is akin to GMA fans wishing that Congress and President Duterte will not renew ABS-CBN's franchise.
Oct 24, 2019 21:10:39 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: We will wait for the basketball and volleyball ASEAN teams and then we compare their reception to that given to the football delegations, where ALL ASEAN nations participate. Now there will be foreign scrutiny in every move of PHISGOC.
Nov 24, 2019 23:20:26 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: DDS trolls underestimated the SEA football community. Having no prior exposure to football culture, they dismiss any and all so-called sabotages as destabilization plots, to the point that they do not support the teams, especially the women.
Nov 27, 2019 15:25:36 GMT 8