The country’s biggest track and football stadium is the new home of the University of the Philippines (UP) track and field team.
This was announced by the nowheretogobutUP Foundation, which was set up to solicit and manage contributions for the varsity athletes of UP.
GP Santos 4th, the Chief Operating Officer of the Philippine Arena where the Philippine Stadium is located, said the athletes can use the facilities of the Philippine Stadium for free. They will also be provided free meals.
“We are honored to partner with one of the most promising athletic programs in the country, one headed by one of the leading figures in the running movement in the Philippines,” Santos said, referring to Rio dela Cruz, head coach of the UP track team.
“The Philippine Arena just wants to do its share to develop our nation’s athletes, and contribute to producing medal winners in the next Olympics in Tokyo four years from now,” he added.
The Philippine Arena will also provide for the team’s uniforms, shoes, equipment and other basic needs.
Philippine Azkals and UP Maroons Manager Dan Palami, the president of the nowheretogobutUP Foundation, welcomed the Philippine Arena’s “generous contributions.”
“We all know that as a state university, UP has funding limitations; it’s time for the alumni to step up and work together to tap partners like Philippine Arena and other corporate sponsors, so that our athletes will be competitive in competitions like the UAAP,” Palami said.
Coach Rio said that with the assistance, “UP’s team is on the right track.”
“There’s no doubt that our country has a lot of talent, and much of that talent finds its way to UP. What we need to do to build a winning program is develop that talent—and this is what this contribution can really help us do,” he said.
The Philippine Arena has a seating capacity of 55,000.The Philippine Stadium, on the other hand, is the largest track and football stadium in the country, with a seating capacity of 25,000.