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Philippine sect opens world’s largest indoor arena

Manila, July 22 (): Philippine President Benigno Aquino headed over the opening of what is touted as the world’s largest indoor stadium on Monday. The massive stadium could be a major spot for upcoming high-profile and large-scale events.

The world’s largest multi-purpose indoor arena, the Iglesia ni Cristohe is situated in a sprawling complex Ciudad de Victoria (City of Victory) at Bocaue in Bulacan. The arena is a 50-hectare tourism enterprise zone established by the congregation in time for its centennial celebration.

Located just outside the capital in Bocaue town, the construction of the arena is just one of many events marking the centennial of the Iglesia ni Cristo on July 27.

The $175-million Philippine Arena can seat 55,000 people and was welcomed as a display cabinet that will function as a main venue for sports events and concerts as well as gatherings for its owners, the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) sect. By considering the seating capacity of the arena alone, the Philippine Arena is double the size of the largest vaulted arenas in Europe and in the United States.

Hanwha Engineering and Construction, a well-known construction company of South was the project’s contractor while the arena was designed by famous Kansas City-centred architecture company Populous run by Andrew James. The company has been well-known for being beat for its creative minds after the New York City’s Yankee Stadium and London’s Wimbley Stadium.

The Arena has two other huge structures—the Philippine Sports Centre and the Philippine Stadium. Other major structures of the arena that are expected to be finished in the near future are Eraño G. Manalo Medical Centre, New Era University, leisure parks, shops and hotels.

The builders have assured that the arena has the capacity to resist earthquakes that are a regular risk to the country that sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire.