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PhilSports Arena
The ULTRA
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
Tenants
PBA (1985-1992, 1999-2007, 2014-present)
UAAP (2004-2005, 2006-2007, 2008-present
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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343 news items

 
Baguio Midland Courier
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:33:45 -0700

The air quality at the sites of the two main sports facilities for national athletes, PhilSports Arena in Pasig City and the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila, may no longer be acceptable for the national pool of athletes. According to the 2015 ...
 
Inquirer.net
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:18:45 -0700

I will let them meet you guys as soon as we finalize everything,” said LeCain, adding that the meet will be held either at the Mall of Asia or Philsports Arena. The American consultant said the PSC already has P2.5 million worth of high-quality beach ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:56:15 -0700

“I pledge P5 million for anybody who could win the gold next year in any sport in the Olympics,” Pacquiao told reporters after giving an inspirational talk to attendees of the Sports For All Seminar at Philsports Arena. Pacquiao's pledge doubles the ...
 
Inquirer.net
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:56:15 -0700

NATIONAL pool members stormed the track and field competitions as rains failed to stop action in the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games Luzon qualifying leg at Philsports Arena yesterday. At the Rizal ...
 
Sun.Star
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:00:00 -0700

DAVAO City's Singapore Southeast Asian (SEA) Games double bronze medalist Maiquel Jawn "Mikee" Teh Selga received a total of P37,500 cash incentive from the Philippine Sports Commission in a ceremony at the Philsports Arena last June 27.
 
Pilipino Star Ngayon
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:07:30 -0700

Sina Myla Pablo at Risa Sato na naglaro sa Asian Women U23 Championship na ginawa sa Philsports Arena sa Pasig City, ay kasama rin habang sina Honey Royse Tubino, Janine Nicola Marciano, Suzanne Roces at Lizlee Ann Pantone ang kukumpleto sa ...

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 ...
 
Banat
Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:30:00 -0700

CEBU, Philippines - Moasdang na usab ang mga sakop sa Dancesport-Team Cebu City (DTCC) ngadto sa kaulohan aron mopakita sa ilang abilidad sa DSCPI National Mid-Ranking and Competition karong adlawa didto sa Philsports Arena sa dakbayan sa ...
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