Thursday, 27 January 2011

Sy Group requested to make bigger arena

Sy group requested to make bigger sports arena
by Eileen A. Mencias
Manila Standard
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideSports.htm?f=2011/january/27/sports3.isx&d=2011/january/27

SENATOR Juan Miguel Zubiri yesterday told reporters that the government is talking to the Sy Group of Companies to enlarge the closed indoor stadium it is planning to construct near the Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City in preparation for the country’s hosting of the Suzuki Cup in 2012.

The Suzuki Cup is a biennial football competition organized by the Asean Football Federation.

Last year, the Philippine team, known as the Azkals, made a good showing in the tournament, increasing interest in the sport in the country.

Zubiri said they are asking the Sy group to increase the size of its planned indoor stadium so that it can accommodate a football field and 30,000 to 40,000 spectators.

The senator said the country needs to spend at least P400 million to improve the Panaad stadium in Negros Occidental and the Rizal stadium to meet international standards and allow the country to host the Suzuki Cup.

He said they are already talking to a businessman who he declined to identify to sponsor the repairs for the Panaad stadium but the sponsorship rests on changing the name of the stadium to the name of the corporate sponsor.

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