Philippine sect builds massive indoor arena


A politically influential Christian sect in the Philippines said on Thursday that it had started building one of the world’s biggest indoor arenas with a seating capacity of 50,000. The 74,000-square-metre (796,000-square-feet) mega-structure called the Philippine Arena is part of Iglesia ni Cristo’s Ciudad de Victoria, a sprawling complex being built just outside the capital Manila. “It is going to be twice the size of the biggest indoor arena in the United States,” the church said in a story broadcast on its own television station and filmed during the project’s ground-breaking ceremony last month.
In comparison, it said, the Madison Square Garden in New York could only sit 20,000 people, while the Staples Center in Los Angeles has a capacity of 21,000. Designed by Kansas City-based architecture firm Populous, construction is being carried out by South Korea’s Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp. and is expected to be completed by 2014 to mark the church’s centenary. The church said it planned to use the arena for religious gatherings. The complex around it will include a university, a convention centre, a medical facility, housing units and a chapel.


  1. The site will also include construction of a new campus of New Era University which will house the University Sports Complex, University Stadium, Convention Center, buildings for College of Architecture, College of Medicine, College of Music, and EGM Medical Center.

  2. I read that the arena alone cost around $214 million while the rest of the 6 other projects total cost is still not yet announced.

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