It is okay to have some games in Rizal but I hope Panaad will still be our main homefield especially for more important games and majority of games still be held Panaad. Visayas and Mindanao deserve this because first of all they are football lovers, second it is a beautiful place not sa crowded, dirty and many squatters, 3rd most of our soccer talents and future homegrown star came from that region, 4th Panaad is much better field and can be upgraded. And lastly, Manila has to much attention already, to crowded, football will help Visayas and Mindanao regions economy from tourism and exposure in international stage. This games will give more attention to this regions.
Post by rpbenchwarmer on May 23, 2011 19:44:19 GMT 8
Azkals’ Manila venue to be upgraded for July 3 match EARL VICTOR ROSERO, GMA News 05/22/2011 | 07:51 PM
This time the Azkals' home match will truly be at home.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has promised that the Rizal Memorial Track and Football Stadium in Manila will be upgraded and ready a week before the World Cup Qualifiers match of the men's national football team or Azkals against Sri Lanka on July 3.
In December last year, the Philippine Men’s National Football Team suffered the embarrassment of not being able to play before a home crowd during its historic semi-finals matches against Indonesia in the 2010 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup season.
Instead the Azkals played in Jakarta twice and lost to Indonesia both times while playing before huge hostile crowds.
The Pana-ad Stadium in Bacolod was not yet international standards-compliant back then.
Two months later in February, Pana-ad was ready for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup home game of the Azkals against Mongolia. The fixed floodlights at Pana-ad were augmented with additional floodlights hoisted on huge cranes.
Stadia regulations of the AFC provide that the venue of a sanctioned match must have a floodlighting system able to maintain a “minimum average of 1200 lux". Lux is the intensity of light shining on a square meter of surface. The AFC also requires that the lights have an independent back-up power supply system that can maintain the needed light intensity “instantaneously and without interruption" in the event of a power failure.
Bonnie Ladrido, head of the local organizing committee, said the PFF will work with ABS-CBN, the local broadcaster of the July 3 game, on the needed lighting for Rizal Stadium. He adds that the broadcaster also has its lighting needs, so the committee opted to wait for their technical plan to avoid duplicating the broadcaster’s efforts.
He revealed that PFF and Philippine Sports Commission officials will inspect Rizal Stadium this week and confer on the progress of the renovation plans.
Last week, the Azkals had their afternoon drills and workouts at the Rizal pitch. At the end of their first session there, team captain Aly Borromeo said in a tweet, “Work to be done on the bleachers but surprised how nice the pitch is!"
Ladrido said the quality of the pitch, or the football field itself, is good, “We have to thank De La Salle University for that." The university, a stone’s throw away from the stadium, has been maintaining the pitch for the part-time use of its students.
As for the bleachers, Ladrido said they will be repainted and marked with seat numbers. All seats at the stadium will have assigned numbers.
The tickets go on sale through Ticketworld starting June 3. Football fans with tickets need not line up hours before the game because Ticketworld’s reservation system will assure them of seats.
The grandstand’s old chairs will be dismantled starting this week. There are also international standards for the seats. AFC stadia regulations provide, “Seats for spectators must be individual, fixed (i.e.. to the floor), separated from one another, shaped, numbered, made of an unbreakable and non-flammable material and have a backrest of a minimum height of 30cm when measured from the seat.“
Ladrido said production of the new fiberglass seats, like the ones in the grandstand of the University of Makati, is 30 percent done and ahead of schedule. About 2,000 of 5,000 of the grandstand seats will have back rests. The PFF will spend about P4.8 million for the new seats.
“Total capacity will be between 16,000 to 18,000 people depending on the final measurements the PFF and PSC using AutoCAD software," Ladrido said.
Post by rpbenchwarmer on Jun 14, 2011 20:44:01 GMT 8
Rizal Memorial Football Stadium soon ready for Azkals match Monday, June 13, 2011 by rick olivares
Renovations being done on the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium are on schedule and will be finished in time for the Philippines’ home match against Sri Lanka in the opening leg of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers on July 3, 2011 said Cathy Nazareno-Rivilla, General Coordinator for the home match informed media outlets of the developments last Sunday, June 12, 2011.
“The renovation of the seats in the grandstand are almost completed,” expounded Rivilla, who also managed the centennial celebration of the Philippine Football Federation last December 2007 that saw FIFA President Joseph Blatter in attendance. “Work is also being done in the bleachers section. The changing rooms for both teams are almost finished. The electrical wirings are being finalized. However, not all the comfort rooms will be fixed in time so the PFF will be placing portalets outside the stadium.”
“It’s a huge facelift for a facility that has not been used in a long time,” pronounced Rivilla who has had international match experience. “We are also inviting the media to take a look at what we are doing to Rizal Memorial on June 23rd at 1pm.”
The General Coordinator also said that the traffic routing scheme and other details will be unveiled to the general public in the next few days.
Post by rpbenchwarmer on Jun 17, 2011 19:51:16 GMT 8
PSC: Preparations for Azkals venue 'right on schedule' By Joey Villar (philstar.com) Updated June 17, 2011 12:54 PM
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Sports Commission is making sure that thousands of fans who will troop to the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium for the Philippine Azkals-Sri Lanka FIFA World Cup Qualifying match on July 3 will have an orderly and comfortable experience.
"Everything is in schedule. Part of the bleacher that is in the covered area and the seats are almost done. They are also already painted," said PSC chair Richie Garcia, referring to the newly refurbished former track and field oval that could house some 15,000 to 16,000 spectators.
Garcia said the need for more comfort rooms would be addressed.
"We will close the field perhaps in a week or more for us to make the grass greener. We've installed several restrooms as well as some 50 portalets (portable toilets) in and outside the venue," he added.
Garcia likewise addressed traffic and parking concerns.
"We're coordinating with the local government as well as the police because of traffic and parking concerns. Maybe we could close traffic in some areas of Vito Cruz and Adriatico," said Garcia.
The government's sports-funding agency is in the thick of preparations because the decades-old venue has never hosted an event of this magnitude since the 1991 and 2005 Southeast Asian Games.
The pitch itself had actually undergone a minor renovation last year through a short-lived memorandum of agreement between the PSC and De La Salle University. In effect, the PSC just did some more minor tinkering with the venue.
The July 23 match is the second of two home-and-away games between the Azkals and the Sri Lanka Lions. The two teams will first meet on June 29 in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo in a match that would serve as a doorway to the second round of the qualifier against powerhouse Kuwait.
"All in all, we're doing whatever we can to make it a memorable experience to everyone," said Garcia.
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
bluedevil2k8: guys please support the across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 19:18:16 GMT 8
papajamba: listening now to simone rota - across the line podcast
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