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PhilSports Arena
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Former names PSC-National Academy of Sports Arena
PSC Sports Arena
University of Life Theater and Recreational Arena (The ULTRA)
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 (1986, 1999 ,2004–2005, 2006–2007, 2008–2011)
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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Sports Interactive Network Philippines

Sports Interactive Network Philippines
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:37:30 -0800

THE wooden floor of the Philsports Arena will be transformed into a beach volleyball court when the Philippines hosts the Spike for Peace international tournament from November 29 to December 3. Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Ritchie ...


Sun, 08 Nov 2015 04:28:04 -0800

Star squandered a big lead before holding on to edge NLEX, 97-95, in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Philsports Arena in Pasig. PJ Simon scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half to help the Hotshots climb to 2-2. Off two ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:07:02 -0800

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Beer dealt sister-team Ginebra an embarrassing 100-82 defeat last night and moved on top of the leaderboard in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Philsports Arena. Fans trooped to the old venue hoping to see some great ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:56:15 -0800

... Terrence Romeo and Keith Jensen combined for 73 big points, including the game-winning drive by Pringle, as Globalport nipped Rain or Shine, 113-111, to forge a four-way logjam in the lead in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup at the Philsports Arena ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:56:15 -0800

MANILA, Philippines - Talk n Text showed better cohesion coming off an 11-day break, dominating Meralco from tip-off and posting an emphatic 105-91 romp in its return into action in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig last ...


Sun, 15 Nov 2015 03:31:35 -0800

... a clash between two of most dominant centers in the PBA today and San Miguel Beer overwhelmed Barangay Ginebra in the second half en route to a 100-82 blowout win in the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Philsports Arena in Pasig.


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:46:35 -0800

Stanley Pringle broke through Rain or Shine's helping defense with a shifty attack in the closing seconds as Globalport pulled off a 113-111 thriller of a win to force a four—way logjam atop the heap in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup at Philsports ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:56:15 -0800

4, Manila will host the “Spike For Peace” Indoor International Beach Volleyball Exhibition at the PhilSports Arena with the Philippines going up against 11 foreign teams from the US, Australia, Japan and European and other Asian countries. “Back in the ...

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