THE P243 Million Davao del Norte Sports Complex is set for completion next month and primed to host major sports events beginning next year.
The facility sits on a 12-hectare property in Mankilam, Tagum City, some 55 kilometers from Davao City and features a main arena with a grandstand with a seating capacity of 5,000, an all-weather track oval, a football field, and collapsible bleachers. This main arena boasts of professional sports lighting system that allows for night games.
Gone are the fire-ravaged remains of the old sports complex and the provincial gymnasium which were gutted down 20 years ago.
In place is a sports facility that provincial officials describe as “just the right size and the right amenities.”
It also boasts of an Aquatic Center with a 10-lane Olympic-sized pool, practice pool, and multi-purpose building with dressing rooms.
Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario walked into the "80 percent complete" stadium on Monday and declared: “It’s ready for the big events.”
Weather conditions in the past two weeks set back the construction works at the track oval but the province is confident the venue will be ready to be inaugurated on December 12 in time for a “12-12-12” date with history.
The facility is set to host the Private Schools Athletic Association Regional Games in January.
Aside from the PRISAA event, Del Rosario is looking forward to hosting the Davao Regional Athletic Association meet and the Palarong Pambansa in 2015 as Mindanao takes its turn to host the annual school-based multi-sport meet.