UM to build modern sports complex

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 February) — The University of Mindanao will finish in two years a modern sports complex complete with facilities that can host national international at its 29-hectare Matina campus in Davao City.

This was bared by Joaquin Boy Sarabia, consultant of the the university’s Sports Development Center during the Davao Sportswriters Association forum on Thursday at the NCCC Mall of Davao.

He said that they are currently doing the ground works for the first phase, a seven-hectare rubberized Olympic-sized track oval.

Once completed, he said they will proceed with the construction of the first track oval within this quarter and finish it by December this year.

Sarabia added the entire sports complex will measure about 10 hectares.

Aside from the track oval, it will also have a swimming pool and facilities for other sports like lawn tennis.

Swimming pool and a standardized track oval are two requirements for hosting a national event which the city lacks, he said.

“We are trying to finish the track oval because we want to host some national games or even PRISAA (Private Schools Athletic Association) or university games,” he said.

Sarabia, executive director of PRISAA 11, added their school has been participating in university games on the national level but they have not yet hosted any national games in Davao City so far.

“I am about to retire but I cannot remember that we have hosted any national event,” he said.
At its completion, he said, the city is poised to be the sports center of Mindanao where elite athletes may do their training.

He said the construction of the edifice was commissioned to Young Builders Corporation, the same contractor who built the P243-million Davao del Norte Sports and Cultural Center in Mankilam, Tagum City.

The 12-hectare sports center hosted the Palarong Pambansa 2015 in May.

Its main grandstand with seats made of fiber glass can hold around 3,000 viewers, according to a press release.

It added the sports complex houses an Olympic-sized swimming pool with 10 lanes and an accompanying 450-seat grandstand and a lobby. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)