UFL gets modern football pitch

Posted at 02/07/2013 10:59 PM | Updated as of 02/08/2013 12:34 AM
Emperador Stadium, brand new football field in McKinley Hill, Taguig City -- handout

MANILA, Philippines – The United Football League (UFL) is finally getting a home of its own with the unveiling of a brand new football field in McKinley Hill, Taguig City.

Called the "Emperador Stadium," the multimillion-peso pitch features an artificial turf similar to those being used in international football arenas.

“We saw the need to build this kind of sporting venue that will answer the needs of even the most demanding athletes here and abroad,” said Jericho Go, first vice president of Megaworld, which designed the field and its core facilities.

The turf uses the Max S 60 mm variety of the Italian brand Limonta Sport, one of the few turf providers recognized by FIFA.

The turf system is similar to those being used by AC Milan, Valencia FC, and the floating marina field in Singapore.

The lights were supplied by Belgian brand Schreder Group GIE and French Zenith Luminaires. Supporting the lights were the poles crafted by the Bradwell Group.

The field, which currently has a 2,000-seating capacity, is situated on a 15,000-square meter land at the McKinley Hill.

Go said the seating capacity may extend to 5,000, as expansion plans are still underway.

The UFL has already forged a four-year partnership with Megaworld for the priority usage of the stadium.

In the past, University of Makati (UMAK) Field and the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium have hosted most of the UFL games.

The league, however, has encountered scheduling problems since it does not control the venues.