Marikina Sports Center

The Marikina Sports Center, also known as Marikina Sports Park and formerly known as Rodriguez Sports Center, is a sports complex located in Marikina, at the corner of Shoe Avenue and Sumulong Highway in Metro Manila, Philippines.

Marikina Sports Center
Marikina Sports Park
Marikina Sports Center - field and track (Sumulong Highway, Marikina)(2018-01-25).jpg
Football stadium and athletics oval
Full nameMarikina Sports Center
Former namesRodriguez Sports Center
LocationMarikina, Metro Manila, Philippines
Coordinates14°38′04.6″N 121°05′54.3″E / 14.634611°N 121.098417°E / 14.634611; 121.098417Coordinates: 14°38′04.6″N 121°05′54.3″E / 14.634611°N 121.098417°E / 14.634611; 121.098417
Main venueMain Stadium
Capacity: 15,000
Other sports facilitiesAquatics Center, Indoor Gymnasium
OwnerMarikina City Government
OperatorMarikina City Government
Construction
Opened1969
Renovated2001, 2017
Tenants
Marikina Shoemasters (2018–)
JPV Marikina F.C. (2017–2018)

HistoryEdit

It was built in 1969 as the Rodriguez Sports Center under the Rizal Governor Isidro Rodriguez Sr. on a 3 hectares (7.4 acres) land owned by Marikina, then a municipality of Rizal. It is turned over to the Marikina municipal government under Mayor Bayani Fernando in 1995 and was renovated in 2001 under Mayor Maria Lourdes Carlos-Fernando.[1] and was renamed the Marikina Sports Park.[2]

Following the designation of the facility as the home ground of Philippines Football League sides, JPV Marikina F.C. in 2017, the facility's football pitch underwent renovations to meet league standards.[3][4]

FacilitiesEdit

 
MSC West Stand along Shoe Avenue.

The Main Stadium, the football and athletics stadium of the Marikina Sports Center, consists of an athletics track, a 64 meters (210 ft) wide natural grass pitch, and two grandstands; the West and East Stands.[4] The grandstands have a total seating capacity of 15,000 people.[2][5] Between the West Stand and the athletics track are basketball and tennis courts. The West Stand is situated along Shoe Avenue. Prior to hosting its first Philippines Football League match, the football pitch hosted a bicycle track.[4]

It also hosts an Olympic-size swimming pool[6] inside an aquatics center which can accommodate 2,000 spectators[5], a sports building[citation needed], and an indoor gymnasium with 7,000 seats.[5]

The MSC hosts facilities for football, tennis, basketball, swimming, and martial arts. Its athletics tracks is open to the public in most nights for a small fee which is used for maintenance expenses of the sports center.[4]

EventsEdit

 
Year-end concert marking the end of 2017 held in the venue.

The area has been host to several sports competitions, including the 1972 ISF Men's World Championship[7], the 1973 Asian Athletics Championships[8], and the 2014 ASEAN School Games[9] which serves as the main venue. It is also serves as the venue for women's football at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games [4] and supposed to be the main venue of 2020 Palarong Pambansa but cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic. The venue also hosts several entertainment shows such as grand concerts, finals night, live television shows, and other events such as for private uses and other community and local government activities.[citation needed]

Aside from hosting events, Marikina Sports Center also host sports clinics for the residents of Marikina during the summer season yearly, dubbed as the "Summer Sports Camp".[10]

The main stadium of the facility hosts Philippines Football League league matches as the designated home venue of JPV Marikina F.C. since 2018. The facility has been named the home venue of the JPV Marikina since the inaugural 2017 PFL season though the club didn't play a single home game in the venue due to renovation works.[3] The club started playing their home games at the venue on March 3, 2018 with a 2-1 win over Global Cebu.[11]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marikina Sports Park". Marikina City Official Website. Archived from the original on 18 June 2004. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Ichikawa WHO Award 2004 Marikina" (PDF). Alliance for Health Cities. p. 19. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b Estrada, Kevin (2 March 2018). "NPA No More: JPV excited to play in Marikina at last to open the new PFL season". Dugout Philippines. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e Guerrero, Bob (7 March 2018). "Can Marikina become a football mecca?". Rappler. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "The Philippines Olympic marathon". The Volatilian. News Universal Limited. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ Begas, Leifbilly (24 April 2017). "Beat the summer heat (kahit kapos sa budget)" [Beat the summer heat (even with a limited budget)]. Bandera (in Filipino). Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Softball Loop lures 18 nations". Manila Standard. 23 January 1992. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  8. ^ "History of Track and Field in the Philippines". Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Marikina ready to host ASEAN Schools Games". Rappler. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Marikina Sports Summer Camp". Inquirer Bandera. 12 March 2016.
  11. ^ Jacinto, Christian (3 March 2018). "JPV Marikina stuns Global Cebu to kick off PFL season on winning note". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 3 March 2018.