SEA Games venues in NCR undergoing massive refurbishing

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Just like their Central Luzon counterparts, the rehabilitation of Metro Manila venues for the 2019 South East Asian Games is in full swing.

At the heart of the movement is the reconstruction of the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, which served as the country's premier indoor sporting venue from the mid-1930s until the opening of the Araneta Coliseum in 1960.

Since its opening in 1934 for the Far Eastern Games, the venue has hosted numerous sporting events and concerts, but it will only be the first time that it will go such a massive rehabilitation.

The 8,000 seats will be replaced and air conditioning will be added to the art-deco inspired structure. Moreover, there will be enhancements in its aesthetics, including the main lobby.

It will serve as the home of gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic, and aerobic).

Also being refurbished is the 12,000-seater Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, which has hosted numerous club and international football matches for the Philippines. It was also the venue of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1981 and 1991 SEA Games.

Beside the football stadium is the 6,000-seater Ninoy Aquino Stadium, where weightlifting and taekwondo will be contested.

Also being constructed in the complex is a temporary venue for squash, which will be located between the Ninoy Aquino and Football stadia.

Tennis will also be hosted by the RMSC, with soft tennis and tennis being held at its courts.

The PhilSports Arena in Pasig, more commonly known as ULTRA, the home of a memorable time in PBA history - will host indoor volleyball. Much of the venue, including many of its 10,000 seats, is being worked on.

The FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan, which has a seating capacity of 5,500, meanwhile underwent some cosmetic enhancement to provide a better experience for journalists covering E-sports and 3x3 basketball.

Lastly, the Makati Coliseum, the venue for badminton, is undergoing a 127.2 million-peso rehabilitation and improvement. It has a capacity of 3,000 spectators.

Other venues which will host sports in NCR are the MOA Arena (basketball), Cuneta Astrodome (kickboxing), Star Mall EDSA in Mandaluyong (bowling), PICC Forum (boxing), Manila Hotel tent (billiards), SM Mall of Asia Skating Rink (ice hockey), SM Megamall Skating Rink (ice skating), and the World Trade Center (wushu, karatedo, fencing).

Furthermore, the WTC will also serve as sub media center, main accreditations and uniforms center, merchandising superstore and fanzone.

All of these will look to help provide the Philippines' aim of hosting the biggest and best edition of the biennial regional sporting meet that will last through November 22 to December 11, 2019.