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.
Vhong Navarro @ PhilSports Arena #JingaJuice
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Yeshua Worship Team - UMC National Revival 2012 @ PhilSports Arena
[Edited Version] [REMASTERED] Recorded Live via USTREAM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH National Revival 2012 @ PhilSports Arena Revive UMC.
NCC- 2013 National Finals Philsports Arena 03/09/13
Deep Cries Out - Yeshua Worship Team @ PhilSports Arena [ULTRA]
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH National Revival 2012 @ PhilSports Arena - November 30,2012.
Notsofast - Another Stride (Live at PhilSports Arena, Pasig)
Live Pure event.
What's with the PhilSports Arena?
Anong meron dito? Bakit may renovation? Revamped PSC ba ito? BTW, I will tell something about this location and may Phil. Sports Institutte pa. Bago.
Kobe is introduced at Philsports Arena
Kobe Bryant is introduced to the crowd at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City for his Supernatural Tour on September 5, 2007.
Planetshakers Concert Philsports Arena March 12, 2011
Introductory songs: "You are Good" and "Get up" by the Planetshakers. Pardon me for the very shaky video. Everyone was jumping, dancing, and singing that ...
Coming May 27, 2012 at PhilSports Arena, Kingdom Nation.flv
AMPLIFIED Live in PhilSports Arena (Ultra) Part 1
AMPLIFIED singing What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction) & Maging Sino Ka Man (Rey Valera) @ Phil Sport Arena (ULTRA) Pasig, Philippines ...
Sat, 02 May 2015 09:07:30 -0700
... Christine Agno (1), Gretchel Soltones (5), Julia Morado (12), Myla Pablo (17) and Risa Sato (6) celebrate after winning a set against Kazakhstan en route to their first win in the Asian U-23 Women's Volleyball Championship at the Philsports Arena ...
ABS CBN News
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.
ABS CBN News
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:00:00 -0700
The PSC is set to release the cash incentives on Saturday, coinciding with the Olympic Day celebrations at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig. Republic Ac 9064 or the Sports Incentives Act entitles a gold medalist to P100,000, a runner-up to P50,000, and a ...
The Manila Times
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:11:15 -0700
The Philippines will be gunning for its first win as it faces Iran in the 1st Asian Women's Under-23 Volleyball Championship today at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. The Philippines-Iran match is at 4:15 p.m. after the tussle between India and ...
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 ...
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:33:45 -0800
... Philippines – Ateneo hotshot Alyssa Valdez will lead a crack Philippine team representing the country in the Asian Under-23 Women's Volleyball Championship slated May 1 to 9 at three venues – MOA Arena, Cuneta Astrodome and Philsports Arena.
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:52:30 -0700
Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago, who will lead the country's campaign in the Asian Under-23 Women's Championship slated May 1-9 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City, fired 13 and 10 hits, respectively, to help seal the Ultra Fast Lady Spikers to their ...
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:30:00 -0700
MANILA, Philippines -- La Salle setter Kim Fajardo's loss is Perpetual Help-Binan spiker Elaine Kasilag's gain. Kasilag was recently named into the Philippine women's team seeing action in the Asian Under-23 Volleyball Championships slated May 1-9 at ...
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