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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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GMA News

GMA News
Mon, 04 May 2015 04:15:00 -0700

The Philippines dropped a straight-set loss to powerhouse Japan, 25-12, 25-18, 25-15, in the second round of the Asian U-23 Wome's Volleyball Championship on Monday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. Nerves once again showed for the ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Mon, 04 May 2015 08:33:45 -0700

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine volley belles put up a tough stand but just couldn't level up with the Japanese and their world-caliber game, absorbing a 15-25, 18-25, 15-25 loss in the Asian U23 women's volleyball championship at the Philsports ...

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.

Sports Interactive Network Philippines

Sports Interactive Network Philippines
Mon, 04 May 2015 07:03:45 -0700

The league's second game, incidentally, will be played at the same time as the Philippines' second match of the second round in the Asian Under-23 tournament against Chinese Taipei at the Philsports Arena. The Philippines is hoping for a win on Tuesday ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
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 ...


Fri, 01 May 2015 04:03:45 -0700

(CNN Philippines) — The Philippines opened its Asian U23 Women's Volleyball Championship campaign losing in four sets against Iran on Friday (May 1) at the PhilSports Arena. The efforts of Alyssa Valdez and the rest of the Filipinas fell short as Iran ...
Sat, 02 May 2015 20:56:15 -0700

ITINAAS ng host Pilipinas ang kalidad ng paglalaro kaharap ang 19th ranked sa mundo na Kazakhstan para angkinin ang 25-19, 25-11, 27-25 panalo sa Rebisco 1st Asian U-23 Women's Volleyball Championship kahapon sa Philsports Arena sa Pasig City.

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:56:15 -0700

MANILA, Philippines - The country's top volley superstars gear up for a fierce duel with 11 of the continent's top teams as they clash in the inaugural Asian Women's Under-23 Volleyball Championships firing off Friday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig ...

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