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PhilSports Arena
Philsports arena (ultra) pasig.jpg
Former names PSC-National Academy of Sports Arena
PSC Sports Arena
University of Life Theater and Recreational Arena
Location Pasig, Philippines
Coordinates 14°34′39″N 121°3′58″E / 14.57750°N 121.06611°E / 14.57750; 121.06611Coordinates: 14°34′39″N 121°3′58″E / 14.57750°N 121.06611°E / 14.57750; 121.06611
Owner Philippine Sports Commission
Operator Philippine Sports Commission
Capacity 10,000
PBA (1985-1992, 1999-2007, 2014-present)
UAAP (2004-2005, 2006-2007, 2008-2011)
Pasig Blue Pirates (later Pasig-Rizal Pirates) (1998)
San Juan Knights (1999)

The Philippine Institute of Sports Arena or PhilSports Arena is an indoor sporting arena located inside the PhilSports Complex in Pasig, Philippines. It was formerly known as the University of Life Theater and Recreational Arena or the ULTRA. The arena and its surrounding sports complex are maintained by the Philippine Sports Commission. It was the site of the majority of the games of the Philippine Basketball Association from 1985 to 1992 and from 1999 to 2002. The league still occasionally comes back to play at the arena. The arena was also the home court of the Pasig Blue Pirates in the Metropolitan Basketball Association in 1998 and the San Juan Knights in 1999.

The arena was supposed to be the staging site of the now-defunct early afternoon ABS-CBN game show Wowowee on February 4, 2006 during its first anniversary but became the site of a deadly stampede that killed 74 people and injured hundreds. Crowds of people from middle class to mostly lower class, camped outside the stadium for days to win the large prizes given out during the show. At the time the gates opened, the crowd grew impatient, started shoving, making the gates give way and crushing people in the front of the queue. As of today, the cause of the stampede is still being determined pending investigation.

When Tropical Storm Ondoy and Typhoon Pepeng struck the Philippines in 2009, some evacuees took shelter in the arena.

The 2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup was held in the arena, where Mahram Tehran defeated Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in the final. Hometown team Smart Gilas finished fourth in the tournament, losing to Mahram in the semifinals.

Currently, it is an alternate venue for the Philippine Basketball Association if the Mall of Asia Arena and Smart Araneta Coliseum are not available. It is also the host venue of the 2015 Asian U23 Women's Volleyball Championship held last May 1-9, 2015.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 11:00:00 -0700

... Games, which happened way back in 1983,'' said athletics chief Philip Ella Juico yesterday, hours before the national delegation was given a warm sendoff by Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission officials at Philsports Arena.

Manila Standard Today

Manila Standard Today
Thu, 28 May 2015 09:07:14 -0700

This was the message of Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco during the Philippine delegation's send-off ceremonies Wednesday night at the Philsports Arena in Pasig. Members of the PH team are shown during their sendoff ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Fri, 22 May 2015 08:56:15 -0700

The formal sendoff for the 466 Filipino athletes and 189 officials is set Wednesday at Philsports Arena. President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay have been invited to attend. Looking at the numbers of the recent SEA Games, Thailand, Indonesia ...

Philippine Star

Wed, 06 May 2015 09:07:30 -0700

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines hopes to make the most of its quarterfinal stint and come out stronger from its duel with powerhouse China as action in the Rebisco Asian U23 Women's Volleyball Championship resumes today at the Philsports Arena.
The Manila Times
Sun, 17 May 2015 08:00:00 -0700

“She's not feeling good the past couple of weeks,” said PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb of Valdez, who led the Philippines to a seventh place finish in the Asian Under-23 Championship at the Philsports Arena last week Valdez wound up with 35 hits, including a ...

GMA News

GMA News
Thu, 07 May 2015 23:13:26 -0700

The Philippines once again bowed to Chinese Taipei in the classification round of the Asian U-23 Women's Volleyball Championship, 25-17 25-19 25-20, on Friday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. The team earlier faced the Taiwanese squad in the ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Fri, 01 May 2015 08:45:00 -0700

MANILA, Philippines - Middle East power Iran survived a fighting Philippine side, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 25-20, on opening day of the Rebisco Asian Under-23 Women's Volleyball Championship at the Philsports Arena in Pasig yesterday. The Iranians, in a ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Sun, 03 May 2015 08:56:15 -0700

... delivered when needed as the Middle Eastern team survived Kazakhstan in a five-set grind, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 14-25, 15-13, to complete the Pool E cast in the second round of the first Asian U23 Women's Championship at the Philsports Arena yesterday.

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