CAPAS, Tarlac — The New Clark City sports complex athletics stadium and the aquatics center will be finished in time for the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, according to AlloyMTD Philippines.
The SEA Games unreels on Nov. 30, 2019, and the competition venues at New Clark City are set to be completed days before the opener.
AlloyMTD Philippines president Patrick Nicholas David said they are fast tracking the completion of Phase 1-A of the New Clark City, a 60-hectare land which includes the sports complex that will host the athletics and aquatics competitions of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
“Our target completion date is October 15, 2019, about four to five days before the SEA Games. But we intend to finish everything before that,” said David.
New Clark City is being developed and managed by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority ad will soon become the newest hub for investors similar to the nearby Clark Special Economic Zone and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
AlloyMTD won the bid to develop the National Government Administrative Center in New Clark City, which will house several satellite offices of different government agencies.
On Wednesday, a concrete pouring ceremony was held at the site where the sports complex will stand, signaling the start of the construction of the two stadiums that will host the centerpiece events of the SEA Games.
The athletics stadium will have a seating capacity of 20,000 while the aquatics center is capable of hosting 2,000 spectators. Both stadiums will be built according to the standards of the International Amateur Athletics Federation and the International Swimming Federation, according to the developers.
Present during the concrete pouring ceremony were Philippine Olympic Committee secretary general and Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHILSGOC) director general Patrick Gregorio and BCDA vice president for business development and PHILSGOC deputy director general for athletes’ village Arrey Perez.
AlloyMTD chairman Isaac David lauded the BCDA for helping clear the way for the fast construction of Phase 1-A as the property is clear of right-of-way issues, informal settlers and other issues that might delay the construction of the stadium.