Amoranto Sports Complex

Summary

The Amoranto Sports Complex is located in Quezon City, Philippines.

Amoranto Sports Complex
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AddressDon A. Roces Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
LocationQuezon City, Philippines
Coordinates14°37′47.6″N 121°01′23.8″E / 14.629889°N 121.023278°E / 14.629889; 121.023278Coordinates: 14°37′47.6″N 121°01′23.8″E / 14.629889°N 121.023278°E / 14.629889; 121.023278
Capacity15,000 (main stadium)
Construction
Opened1966 (1966)
Construction cost₱2 million

HistoryEdit

The Amoranto Sports Complex was inaugurated in 1966 by then President Ferdinand Marcos. The facility was constructed at the cost of ₱2 million on a government owned site on Roces Avenue. The facility then consisted of a grandstand, an eight lane track and field oval, bleachers and a gymnasium.[1]

The sports complex fell into disuse in the 2010s with its last competition being the 2013 POC-PSC Philippine National Games. Filipino national cyclists resided inside the complex until 2017 but seldom used the complex's dilapidated velodrome. There are plans to renovate the venue since 2016. The velodrome's specification has fallen behind international standards and it was proposed that a new velodrome be built.[2][3]

In 2022, renovation plans for the sports complex was publicized. It includes the construction of the 3,500-seater Amoranto Arena, and a 10-lane Olympic-size swimming pool. It also includes the implementation of a tennis area for the Amoranto Indoor Sports Facility.[4][5]

FacilitiesEdit

The Amoranto Sports Complex covers land measuring about 5.8 hectares (14 acres). The main stadium has a capacity of 15,000. The sports facility was named after former Quezon City Mayor Norberto Amoranto.[6]

Several renovations have been done on the Amoranto Sports Complex since its opening. Currently, the sports facility features a tennis court, six badminton courts, a martial arts facility, a swimming pool,[7] as well as a multipurpose gym, and a separate gym dedicated to boxing and weightlifting. The Amoranto Sports Complex also hosts a library for students.[6]

The complex's velodrome[8] hosted the cycling events for the 2005 Southeast Asian Games.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Amoranto Stadium". The Quezonian (Special). Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  2. ^ Atencio, Peter (16 August 2021). "POC chief wants new velodrome for athletes". Manila Standard. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  3. ^ Atencio, Peter (12 August 2019). "NSA's plan to build new velodrome gains traction". Manila Standard. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  4. ^ Mateo, Janvic (22 April 2022). "Amoranto Sports Complex undergoes renovation". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  5. ^ Jordan, Angelic (21 April 2022). "Belmonte: Decades-old Amoranto Sport Complex to undergo makeover". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Sports and Fitness". Quezon City Official Website. Quezon City Government. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City, National Capital Region, PHILIPPINES". Swimmersguide.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  8. ^ Navarro, June (24 October 2019). "P1.5-billion velodrome for Filipino cyclists in the works". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  9. ^ "The 23rd SEA GAMES, Venues and Location". 2005 Southeast Asian Games. Archived from the original on 18 March 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2016.