Joshua Lopez, News5 ·
The country’s national football teams will soon have a new home as no other than FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Sunday led the groundbreaking ceremony of a two-hectare national training center in Carmona, Cavite.
The venue, which will house an artificial pitch, a separate grass pitch as well as a futsal field, is aimed to provide a regular training facility for the country’s national football teams.
“It is good that the national teams will have their own home here. They know where they belong and know where they can come and they can practice and we are very happy to support it. In the past years football has improved especially your national team,” Blatter said.
The Manila Jockey Club, operator of the San Lazaro Leisure and Business Park where the facility is located, hopes that the venue would pave the way for a new football stadium that would serve as home of the Azkals and other national football teams.
“Because if this will be the national training facility and possibly one of the main playing venues of the national team, we’re envisioning a viewing area of of maybe 20,000 to 30,000 because as football grows in the country, we have to take note of the infrastructure to support this growth,” Manila Jockey Club president Alfonso G. Reyno III said.
The land is leased to the Philippine Football Federation for 25 years. The construction of the facility is expected to be finished next year.