WITH an eye on helping budding football enthusiasts, the Manila Jockey Club, Inc., the country’s premier horse racing club and one of Asia’s oldest, in partnership with the Philippine Football Federation, completed the FIFA Football Turf Project at the San Lazaro Leisure and Business Park in Carmona, Cavite last year.
The project, formalized in April 2014, aimed to build a football complex and stadium at SLLBP, featuring a prestigious FIFA certified 2-Star artificial pitch.
With the field now completed, the partnership looks forward to developing related appurtenances including locker rooms, dormitories and other training facilities. In the pipeline is the construction of a 25,000-seater stadium with VIP viewing boxes, media center, dressing rooms and concessionaire booths.
Also held was the groundbreaking ceremony of the PFF House of Football and National Football Center, effectively making the SLLBP complex as a football mecca of the Philippines.
Apart from being a training center of the National Teams, the site will also host international friendlies, competition matches and other related events.
Attending ceremonies were officials of the FIFA Congress, PFF Board of Governors, Asian Football Confederation, ASEAN Football Federation, the Manila Jockey Club, the national government and business partners of the Club.
The FIFA Football Turf Project inauguration along with the PFF House of Football and National Football Center groundbreaking ceremonies coincided with Manila Jockey Club’s 150th Anniversary celebration . Its partnership with the PFF pays tribute to its heritage as one of the earliest football clubs in the country. In the early 1900s, MJC had its own football club formed after the Philippine-American War which competed with local teams such as the Manila Sporting Club, Paris Club, Sandow Athletic Club and the Bohemian Sporting Club.
The Manila Jockey Club was established in 1867. It is one of the oldest existing racing clubs in the Asia Pacific region. Manila Jockey Club, Inc., as a business entity, was formally incorporated in 1937.
MJCI operates the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite, featuring world class horse racing, gaming, and hospitality facilities.
MJCI’s broadcast outfit, the San Lazaro Broadcasting Network (SLBN), transmits live horse races, eight days a month, enthralling a growing number of 300,000 horse racing fans at Off-Track Betting (OTB) stations every race day. Through partnerships with the Philippines’ leading cable-television and satellite-television providers, SLBN broadcasts Manila Jockey Club races to the entire country. Each race day’s uninterrupted coverage also provides analyses, dividends, news, and special features on horse racing and other major sporting events.
To learn more about MJCI, visit http://www.manilajockey.com
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