Construction began last week on the 50,000-seater stadium at Ciudad de Victoria in Manila, which is claimed to be the world’s largest indoor arena.
The stadium was designed by structural engineer Buro Happold and architect Populous and was commissioned by the respected Philippine religious organisation Iglesia Ni Cristo (the Church of Christ). Construction is being carried out by Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp at a cost of £131M and is due to be complete in time for the Church’s Centennial Celebration in 2014.
The arena has been designed to enable a further 50,000 people to gather at a “live site” outside, to share in major events. It will hold major church gatherings as well as hosting sporting events and concerts.