Many avid fans of football have missed watching the exhilarating matches at the historic Rizal Football Stadium in the City of Manila. They’ll be glad to know that after months of pitch renovations, it’s finally open again, ready for the games and prepared to welcome fans of Philippine football.
In a recent article published in Yahoo Sports, Philippine football expert Bob Guerrero tells readers of his experience at the Rizal stadium during the match between the Green Archers United Globe and the Stallions last July 12. He notes the happiness he felt back inside, a feeling that made him realize how much he missed the stadium. To him, “the sensation was unique, comforting and familiar,” and it was proof that “the cathedral of Philippine football was back in commission.”
The presence of Limonta’s artificial football turf from Italy also elevated the stadium and proved to be beneficial to the players. GAU’s player and Azkals Vice-Captain Chieffy Caligdong gave it a thumbs-up, something Mr. Guerrero attributed to the extra cushiness of the artificial turf. He mentions that there are two brilliant features that provide this advantage, which are:
“1) A ‘shockdrain’ layer under the carpet that, as the name suggests, both leaches water out and cushions impact, and 2) the smaller rubber infill granules that are more dirt-like and would presumably “give” more like the real thing.”
Mr. Guerrero also noted the new world-class size of the field:
“The new pitch is 105 meters long and 68 meters wide, which is what FIFA prefers for international play.”
All of these new features contribute to a better field, one that is safer for the athletes, one that allows the players to perform better, and one that meets international standards.
For an in-depth look at the improved Rizal Football Stadium, check out Bob Guerrero’s insightful article.