PhilSports Complex
Full namePhilippine Institute of Sports Complex
LocationPasig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Renovated2010, 2012, 2015, 2019
Philippine Sports Commission
Philippine Olympic Committee

The Philippine Institute of Sports Complex (also known as the PhilSports Complex) is a national sports complex of the Philippines. It is located in Meralco Avenue in Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is where the offices of the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee and some national sports associations are located.

PhilSports Complex facilities are purposely built to cater the Filipino athletes’ needs from training facilities to living quarters. By virtue of Republic Act 6847, which created the Philippines Sports Commission, was to develop and maintain a fully equipped sports facility. Due to its proximity to business districts of Makati and Ortigas, the arena is also used in concerts and conventions.


20th century


The complex was actually the sports field of a defunct school named Saint Martin's Integrated School (Elementary and High School). The school was transferred by First Lady Imelda Marcos during the 1970s and the school was reorganized as the University of Life, a vocational school.[1]


In 1985, the Philippine Basketball Association became main tenants of the PhilSports Arena after nine years at the Araneta Coliseum. The venue attracted standing-room only crowds during their stay. The PBA stayed for seven years until they moved to the newly built Cuneta Astrodome in 1993, citing the venue's lack of maintenance.

After the events of the 1986 People Power Revolution, the University of Life was closed. However, the sports complex was transferred to the Philippine Sports Commission in preparation for the 1991 Southeast Asian Games. Several names were applied at the complex. These were The ULTRA (University of Life Training and Recreational Arena), PSC-National Academy of Sports (PSC-NAS) and PSC Sports Complex. Due to confusion to the public especially in concerts, the commission decided to adopt a permanent name, PhilSports.

21st century


The sports complex reached its maximum audience space when the Asian pop group F4 and Taiwanese local star Barbie Hsu staged a concert in the facility in September 2003.[2] It was one of the venues of the 2005 Southeast Asian Games which was held from November 27, 2005, to December 5, 2005. It hosted the games' badminton event.

PhilSports stampede

Main article: PhilSports Stadium stampede

On February 4, 2006, the PhilSports Complex became the site of a deadly stampede that killed 74 people and injured hundreds. Wowowee, the now-defunct early afternoon game show of television network ABS-CBN, was scheduled to hold its first anniversary show at the complex. Attracted by the large prizes given out during the show, crowds of people waited for days just outside the stadium. As the opening of the gates neared a few hours before the show, the crowd surged forward crushing those at the front of the queue underfoot.

The cause of the stampede is still being determined pending investigation


The PhilSports Arena in 2012.

There was a plan by the Philippine Sports Commission to put up of a beach volleyball court inside the track and field oval of the PhilSports Football and Athletics Stadium, a proposal opposed by the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA).[3] PATAFA President, and Philippine Super Liga Chairman Philip Ella Juico said that the construction of the sand court may hamper the athletics national team's preparations.[4]

The complex underwent a major renovation, prior to its hosting of some events of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.[5]


In 2020, the Philippine Sports Commission plans to relaunch its Philippine Sports Library, which will be hosted inside the complex's Building A. The planned library will have at least 3,000 books.[6]


Sports venues

Venue Purpose Seating capacity Year Built Notes
PhilSports Arena Multi-use 10,000 1985
PhilSports Football and Athletics Stadium Multi-use, primarily athletics and football 15,000[7] 1985
PhilSports Swimming Center Aquatic sports venue

See also


  1. ^ "University, built in a twinkling, seeks to train middle-level public servants". The Christian Science Monitor. September 19, 1980. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  2. ^ Salterio, Leah S. (December 5, 2003). "Nice to be happy". The Philippine Star. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  3. ^ "Despite protest, PSC to build sand court at PhilSports". The Philippine Star. January 22, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Pagpapatayo ng beach volley court sa gitna ng athletics field, tinutulan ng PATAFA (PATAFA objects construction of beach volleyball court in the center of athletics field)" (in Tagalog). Balita. January 21, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Refurbished PhilSports Complex will blow local athletes' minds". ABS-CBN News. March 5, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Abad, Annie (September 16, 2020). "Sports library relaunch up". BusinessMirror. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "80 Track Oval in the Philippines the Most Comprehensive Guide You Will Ever Find |". December 4, 2020.

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