World's largest indoor arena to rise in Philippines

Posted at 09/01/11 9:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED/CORRECTED) - The world's largest indoor arena will rise in the Philippines soon, courtesy of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), TIME.com reported Thursday. 

Design of the 50,000-seat stadium at Ciudad de Victoria in Bulacan province has already started, according to Populous, a US architectural company firm behind the project.

The $213-million facility, dubbed by Populous as the "world's largest indoor arena," will be built in time for the Iglesia ni Cristo's centennial celebration in 2014, according to the architectural firm.

The building's form "uses simple geometry to create an elegant appearance," said Andrew James, Populous senior principal and project director.

The Iglesia ni Cristo plans to use the arena for church-related activities, sports, and concerts.

It can also host an additional 50,000 people outside the main ground.

"You have to give the Philippine church some credit: The group at least has tried to do something innovative and different. And with 50,000 seats, you too can likely have a chance to visit a worldwide first," TIME.com said.