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PSC: Renovating Rizal Memorial pitch practical

MANILA---Philippine Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia yesterday thumbed down the idea of building a new football stadium and instead pushed for renovating the 77-year-old Rizal Memorial football field.

Garcia said lack of funding is the prime concern for the decision and added that repairs have started at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) field including the installation of the new lighting.

"I really don't have the figure (of how much it would cost to build a new one) but renovation will surely cost much less than building a new one," said Garcia.

He declined to say how much the PSC is spending for repairs but said in a radio show that the field will be ready in two months.

The call for a new stadium that could accommodate thousands of spectators began late last year when the Philippine football team, known as the Azkals, made the semifinals of the prestigious Suzuki Cup.

However, Garcia said the RMSC will have problem with parking especially when it hosts an Azkals match.

"I would still push for improving the one in Negros (Panaad Stadium) and other cities outside Metro Manila," added Garcia.

At present, RMSC can only seat 2,000 while Panaad can accommodate 10,000 spectators.