Kung hindi man matuloy ang pagpagawa ng new Corazon Aquino Stadium sa Manila sana matuloy lang ang pag renovate sa mga stadium like Panaad. Malalaki ang Rizal Park at iloilo sports complex pero ang panaad kasi malaki ang space para sa expansion.
Pero mas okay sana kung wa ng bagong stadium sa Manila na pasok sa International standard. Kaso malaking halaga din ang kailangan.
Feature: Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental By Rai Montero and Rick Olivares
Exactly a year ago, all roads in Bacolod led to Panaad Stadium. People from all over the country gathered to witness the Philippine Men’s Football National Team open their 2011 season with an AFC Challenge Cup qualifying match against Mongolia.
And the Azkals did not disappoint the 15,000-plus people who watched the game live and quarter million people who caught the game on television.
Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong delivered a fantastic goal while striker Phil Younghusband added another one for good measure right before the fireworks colored the night sky.
Unknown to most people, this wasn’t the first time the Azkals played at Panaad Stadium. In fact, it was here in Bacolod where the national teams were wholeheartedly embraced long before Azkals mania.
But what exactly transpired in Panaad Stadium before that dazzling win over Mongolia? We’ll try and answer that.
The stadium was constructed in August 1997, to become the central venue for the Centennial Palarong Pambansa in 1998, and it was finished exactly 15 days before the said event. The major challenge for the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, with the late Vice-Governor Roy Gamboa spear-heading the project, was the time constraint. They were expected to have it finished a month before the opening of Centennial Palaro on May 27, 1998, but with a very supportive National Office, the stadium, alongside the whole complex was finally completed in the nick of time.
The stadium has a seating capacity of 15,000 to a maximum of 20,000 with standing areas. It has a center grass field measuring 111m x 71m, and encircling it is an Olympic standard track oval supplied by the Regupol AG of Germany.
The lower section of the stadium has dressing/Locker rooms, a workout room, a couple of offices, and rest room facilities. There’s a dorm-style facility on the top deck which can house more or less a 30-man line up.
Panaad Stadium also hosted a couple of national and international sporting events too. There was the Millennium Palarong Pambansa in 2000, a couple of Swimming Championships, National Underwater Hockey Championships game, and the ASEAN Secondary Level Track and Field Competition.
But it is the local and international football matches that have become synonymous with Panaad Stadium. The 2005 ASEAN Under-19 Football Championship and 2005 Asean Football Championships where Phil Younghusband first suited up for Philippines U-23 Squad and scored two goals was played before packed houses in Bacolod. Several events of the 23rd Southeast Asian Games where the Philippines topped with 113 golds, 84 silvers, and 94 bronze medals were likewise played here.
Just last year, the group stages of first PFF Suzuki U23 National Cup was set in Panaad. Home team Negros Occidental (NOFA), Dipolog, Masbate, and NCR Team B battled for the top two slots to qualify for the semis. In the finals, NOFA whipped old foe Iloilo, 9-0.
The best played who competed in the local Suzuki Cup were included in the Under-23 national team that competed in the SEA Games. Among the names were familiar U-23 players such as NCR’s Jinggoy Valmayor and Reymark Fernandez. NOFA’s Jake Morallo and Joshua Beloya, represented the country in the biennial games.
Said Morallo of Panaad Stadium: “The games we played in Panaad Stadium paved the way to where I’m at right now. We started to get notices and appreciated. The same credit goes to my teammates in Bacolod as well.”
Green Archer’s center back Lemuel Unabia, who is from Bacolod also waxed nostalgic about Panaad: “The stadium boosts our self confidence. It gives me the drive to play better, to show quality and high standard football games too”.
In September of 2011, the Azkals returned to Bacolod for a weeklong camp in preparation for the Long Teng Cup in Taiwan.
In October, also of the same year, the Philippine UK FC, Filipino-British players competing in the West Herts League in Division 1 in London, came for a 2 week long camp. They played against San Carlos FC, Don Bosco FC, Bacolod United and Ceres FC as part of their tune-ups. James and Ryan Hall are playing on this team, with the former as the team captain, and James Hall Sr. as the team coach.
Following the success of the Azkals, and the U23 National Cup Tourney, the province also started the 1st Negros Football Men’s Open Tournament, and Ceres FC bagged the title.
Aside from sporting events, Panaad Stadium and the surrounding theme Park which features the 13 cities and 19 municipalities of Negros Occidental, is the great home of Panaad sa Negros. a weeklong celebration of all the different festivals unique to each town or city.
Notes: After AFC Challenge Cup game against Mongolia, people were looking forward to another National Team match, but after issues on logistics, costs and all other issues, hopes of staging another international match dwindled down. Reports of Manny V. Pangilinan meeting with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for a possible expansion of the bleachers to increase seating capacity to 32, 000 circulated, but gradually died out.
Panaad is now installing lights and the pitch is properly improved "sikat din nman basketball d2..meron daw pero d pa sure..lagyan daw nla isang pang granstand sa harap na existing na granstand mgging 35000 daw capasity kung matutuloy" - Lauriquez
"To meet the international standards set by the AFC, Ceres FC has installed more than four hundred bolted VIP seats, painted in blue, on the middle part of the stadium.
Two new shower rooms were also added with the two existing ones renovated for the use of the four competing teams, while some parts of the walls of the grandstand were repainted and toilet walls on the ground floor were tiled. Players' benches and officials' table were fixed and the football pitch grass groomed."
WITH the successful staging of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Smart U22 Amateur Championship 2015, the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City is being eyed to co-host the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2016.
This was confirmed by Negros Occidental Football Association (Nofa) president Ricky Yanson Jr., saying that they are talking with PFF about the possible hosting but there are no definite details yet.
“That’s why I’m appealing to the people of Bacolod City and Negros Occidental to help promote football. PFF is also looking at our province and not only Metro Manila,” Yanson said.
He added: “Maybe this PFF-Smart tournament is a test on how capable we are in running such huge event. I’m confident that we’re more than capable to handle the Suzuki Cup.”
Yanson also said that Iloilo will most likely to serve as the tournament’s second turf based on the requirement of the Suzuki Cup organizers.
Paglaum Sports Complex also in Bacolod is no longer available after majority of the area has been converted into a business center, and infrastructures were erected around it.
“We are looking at Iloilo to serve as co-host in this tournament. Anyway, it’s just an hour travel from here to the other island,” Yanson said.
Panaad gets facelift ahead of AFC Cup By Jerome S. Galunan, Jr.
Following the successful staging of the inaugural Negros Island Region Athletic Association Meet last week, the Panaad Park and Stadium is set to make another history as it plays host to the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Group Stage (Group E) on February 23 and May 10. Panaad Stadium will host the matches of Negros Occidental pride and Bacolod City-based Ceres-La Salle FC, which will take visiting Selangor FA of Malaysia on February 23 and Bangladesh’s Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd. on May 10. To meet the requirements set by the AFC, Panaad makes some improvements in its facility. Among the visible enhancements at the stadium is the installation of fiber glass seats on the main grandstand for VIPs and the media tribune, as well as refurbishment of press box and VIP rooms wherein a VIP lounge and new air-conditioning units were installed. The press conference room and the media working room also got some facelift. Free internet connections will also be installed. Host-Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) is also working on the improvement of the stadium’s floodlights illuminations. And as the event comes closer, more structures will be put in place to ensure safety of players, officials, and spectators. NOFA President Ricky Yanson, Jr., who also heads the Philippine Football Federation’s Grassroots Committee, reiterated that the staging of this tournament will give opportunity for local football enthusiasts to witness high quality games at home and help boost the game among the grassroots./WDJ
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