Sports: USC world-class football stadium seven months away from completion

November 13, 2011 10:04 am 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 12 — The University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City is just seven months away from becoming the only school in the Philippines with a world-class football stadium.

The USC football stadium, which is part of the developmental project of the school, will be the center piece of a planned Athlete’s Village that was a dream of former athletic director Fr. Vic Uy before leaving the school to join the Philippine Sports Commission.

Ricky Dakay, who sits in the school board, said they have finished the earthworks and hope to open in June next year.

Dakay said it was a slow and strenuous six-year work as the stadium was carved out of two hills.

”We even built a dam beside the field. It’s a 5,000-cubic meter dam so we won’t have any problems watering the field,” said Dakay.

Dakay said the school has spent a “substantial amount” for the stadium, but declined to quote a figure.

The quality of the football pitch is expected to be one of the best in the country since the school has hired Architect Ike Madamba, the man behind the P7.5-million renovation of the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

”The USC varsity members will be in a much better position,” said Dakay.

The athletes’ village won’t only cater to football as it will also include a basketball court, tennis courts, diving and swimming pools, tennis courts and a dormitory.

However, it will be the football stadium that will be finished first.

Dakay said they have no plans of holding an opening salvo, but they are open to the idea of having a friendly game featuring big football clubs in the UFL when they open in June next year.

Dakay said Dan Palami, Azkals team manager, told him that once the stadium is finished, he is considering holding a training camp in the stadium.

Dakay said Madamba also dropped by the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC), which is in the middle of rehabilitating its football field.

He said Madamba will show the CCSC how to do it properly.

Dakay said Cebu City will have two international quality football fields next year, namely the USC and CCSC football fields.

Madamba said having a second quality pitch will be an advantage to the school as it won’t get so much abuse. (PNA) scs/LAM/EB/MJT/bh

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