Philippine Arena
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The facade of Philippine Arena

Location BocaueBulacanPhilippines
Coordinates 14°47′46″N 120°57′16″E
Broke ground August 17, 2011
Built August 4, 2011 to February 4, 2014(expected)
Opened July 24, 2014 (expected)
Owner New Era University Iglesia ni Cristo
Operator New Era University
Construction cost US$213 million (9.2 billion)
Architect Populous
Project manager Generations Design Asia Inc.
Structural engineer Buro Happold
General contractor Hanwha Engineering and Construction
Capacity 55, 500 (max. 75,000)
Field dimensions

243 meters length

193 meters width

62 meters height

Philippine Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena being constructed at Ciudad de Victoria, a 75-hectare tourism enterprise zone in Bocaue, BulacanPhilippines. With a capacity of up to 55,000, it will be the largest indoor domed-arena in the Philippines and in the world upon its completion. It is the centerpiece of the many centennial projects of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) for their grand celebration on July 27, 2014. The legal owner of the arena is the INC's educational institutionNew Era University.

Building detailsEdit


The initial design concept of the Philippine arena is motivated from Narra tree, the mother tree of the Philippines, and the root of Banyan tree.


Populous, a Kansas City-based global mega-architecture firm, designed the arena through their firm in Brisbane, Australia. The arena has been master planned to enable at least 50,000 people to gather inside the building and a further 50,000 to gather at a ‘live site’ or plaza outside to share in major events. The arena is a one-sided bowl. The lower bowl will be the most frequently used part of the building and the architectural design allows for easy separation of the lower bowl from the upper tier, by curtaining with acoustic and thermal properties.


The arena will be built on 99,200 square meters of land and will have a dome of 36,000 square meters. The roof will span some 160 meters (about one and a half soccer pitches) and will contain 9,000 tons of steel work which will come from Korea. It will be assembled at the site and will be erected up to its final position 62 meters up in the air or about fifteen stories high. The building will be safely founded on pile construction. For earthquake loads, about a third of the dead load of the building was designed.


PWP Landscape Architecture, the firm who landscaped the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, designed the landscape for the arena and the whole complex of Ciudad de Victoria. For the arena, a series of outdoor plazasgardens and performance venues form the setting for the development including: The North and South Arrival Plazas, The Promontory Plaza, The Great Stairs, and Ciudad de Victoria Plaza that are all related to each other with two cross axes (N-S and E-W) that intersect at the Promontory Plaza.


The arena will not only hold major church gatherings, it will also operate as a multi-use sports and concert venue, capable of holding a range of events from boxing and basketball to live music performances. There are clear sight lines from every seat on each tier, even for various arena configurations such as church ceremonies, boxing, tennisconcerts or indoor gymnastics. The overall vision of the masterplan will eventually see inclusion of shopping centres, a hospital and large scale residential developments.