Rizal Memorial Coliseum to host big events in 2020

The historical Rizal Memorial Coliseum (RMC) is expected to welcome several events in its newly-refurbished facility this 2020.

“We are very optimistic. There are a lot of events lined up in our calendar and we are excited to host them here inside this historical coliseum,” said PSC Chairman William Ramirez.

Last year, the coliseum was finally back in the spotlight after its major makeover in July when the majority of the facilities in the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex were renovated as part of the agency’s masterplan.

Rizal Memorial Coliseum (RMC)
Rizal Memorial Coliseum (RMC)

In the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games hosted by the country last November 30 to December 11, five out of 56 sports were played at the 93-year-old complex.

One of those was gymnastics which held its competitions at the leveled-up Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The 6,100 seating indoor arena used to be the main sporting hub for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and PBA games in the past.

The PSC expects to house these tournaments once again after the venue’s renovation.

This January, the PSC will celebrate its 30th year and as another milestone unfolds in the agency’s story, the highest local sports body plan to organize a simple, yet meaningful celebration inside the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

“This is a milestone for PSC. As we celebrate our 30th year, we want it to be inside the Rizal Coliseum which has seen many significant events in Philippine Sports,” said Ramirez.

Aside from the PSC’s 30th anniversary, the agency is also considering to hold both the Batang Pinoy and Philippine National Games this year in the RMSC and its another complex in Pasig City, the Philsports Complex. If this pushes through, it will be the first time that Batang Pinoy is held in Manila in its 12 editions.

The fourth enshrinement of the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame is being considered to be staged in the said coliseum. The event will honor another batch of Filipino sports greats on November 27.