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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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332 news items


Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:56:15 -0700

Pacquiao's golden gesture was made during the Sports For All Seminar at the Philsports Arena, where he gave an inspirational talk and batted for more funding for Filipino athletes. Pacquiao could've also been inspired by the rousing performance of the ...
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 ...
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 ...

GMA News

GMA News
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 02:11:15 -0700

Filipino athletes who brought home a medal from the 2015 Southeast Asian Games received additional cash bonuses from the Philippine Sports Commission on Saturday. During the celebration of Olympic Day in the PhilSports Arena, chairman Richie Garcia ...


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 ...

Sports Interactive Network Philippines

Sports Interactive Network Philippines
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:52:47 -0700

No less than POC president Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco made known about the Olympic body's goal in front of the medalists of the recently-concluded 28th SEA Games in Singapore during the Olympic Day celebration over the weekend at the Philsports Arena ...
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.

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