CAPAS, TARLAC — In preparation for the upcoming South East Asian (SEA) Games, national
athletes tested the new and modern sports facilities at the New Clark City during the pre-
qualifying competitions held here, in the field of swimming and athletics. Competition winners
will be part of the national team for the SEA Games which will run from November 30 to
The 1st Philippine National Open Swimming Championships organized by the Philippine
Swimming, Inc., was held in the 2,000-seater Aquatics Center and will run from August 31 to
Meanwhile, the final leg of the 2019 Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association
(PATAFA) Weekly Relay Series will be held at the 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium on
September 1, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Before, these facilities were just a dream. Now, I’m happy to see our athletes training here as
they make their country proud in the upcoming biennial games. The facilities are proof that
government is serious in providing our athletes with a sports center that is truly world-class,”
BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon said.
This was also the first time that the road from New Clark City to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac
Expressway (SCTEX) was used by the athletes. The road will boost accessibility in the area and
ease traffic especially during main events.
The newly finished Athletics Stadium and Aquatics Center meet the standards of international
governing bodies, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the
Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA). Inspired by native features, the facilities were
designed and built to show the resiliency of the Filipino spirit.
The Athletics Stadium takes inspiration from the “caldera” or crater of Mt. Pinatubo and the
organic lahar material of the concrete. The stadium features a world-class 400-meter, nine-lane
The design for the Aquatics Center shows the coastal heritage of the Filipino people, depicting
Capiz shells used as windows, while the structural faming mimics the weaving patterns of the
“baklad’” or woven fish nets.
The Athletes’ Village inside the New Clark City sports complex will serve as home of the
athletes, officials, and international volunteers for the entire duration of the 2019 SEA Games. It
will have 525 rooms, 95 of which are for PWDs, gym amenities, kitchen and dining areas,
conference rooms, and other recreational facilities.
After SEA Games, the facilities will be used by our athletes for training, and will serve as venues
for events, concerts, and other sports events.
Assistant Vice President