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For the football (soccer) stadium, see PhilSports Football and Athletics Stadium.
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.

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GMA News
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:03:45 -0700

The senator said the state of sports development in the country has been neglected for the past years as shown by rundown sports facilities such as the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, which was built 86 years ago, and the Philsports Arena, which is now ...


Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:10:56 -0800

MANILA, Philippines—Chiang Kai Shek College stayed on track for a back-to-back title bid as the Blue Dragons topped Group D to barge into the six-team semifinals of the 2015 Seaoil-NBTC National High School Championships Friday at Philsports Arena.


Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:45:08 -0800

It's always privilege,” Ravena told INQUIRER.net during the first tryout for the Sinag Pilipinas team on Monday night at the Philsports Arena. “It's never an obligation for you to serve your country.” Ravena donned country's name in front of his jersey ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 08:10:48 -0800

National coach Tab Baldwin conducted tryouts for four days with 27 players showing up from last Monday to Thursday, 8-10 p.m., at the PhilSports Arena. He was assisted by Josh Reyes, Nash Racela, Mike Oliver and Jimmy Alapag. After Thursday's session ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
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.


Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:59:41 -0800

The CKSC Blue Dragons debut against University of Cordilleras (Baguio) at 9:45 a.m. at Philsports Arena in Pasig before taking on St. John's Institute (Bacolod) at 2:15 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena. Also highlighting the grueling opening day schedule is ...
The Manila Times
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:03:45 -0700

The DanceSport Council of the Philippines (DSCPI) under its president Becky Garcia will stage the 2015 DSCPI 1st Quarterly Ranking and Competition on Saturday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. Garcia said there are 246 dancers including national ...


Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:56:15 -0800

On Monday, Baldwin gathered the country's future basketball stars at the Philsports Arena. Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, Troy Rosario and Mac Belo were in attendance among other college standouts who had their work cut out for them for about two and a ...

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