Iglesia Ni Cristo - Philippine Arena (50,000 sitter)

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Korean builder Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp. has signed a contract with Filipino Christian group Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) to establish the world's largest domed arena in the Philippines, Korea Herald reported Thursday.

A miniature of the Philippine Arena

To be called the Philippine Arena, the 50,000-seater indoor performance hall will soon rise at a 74,000-square-meter area near the Philippine Capital, Manila. The ground breaking ceremony was already held this week and was attended by the Hanwha and INC officials.

Ciudad de Victoria in Bulacan, the location of the Philippine Arena

The soon-to-be largest domed arena in the world is expected to be finished in 30 months or by 2014 and will reportedly cost INC a whooping $175 million!

Another Philippine Arena miniature showing its inside facilities

Philippine Arena is said to be Iglesia ni Cristo's "centennial project" since the Christian organization is going to celebrate its 100th founding anniversary in 2014.

Wow! Will the next Olympic games be held in the Philippines after its completion? Hmmmmm... :D

Photos courtesy of PEX and to their respective owners.

The architect of PHILIPPINE ARENA is POPULOUS, an architectural firm specializing in the design of sports facilities and convention centers.

The firm enjoys a dominant role in the design of sporting stadiums and arenas, including such globally prominent facilities as the new Yankee Stadium, Wembley Stadium in London, Stadium Australia in Sydney, Wimbledon Centre Court, Minneapolis's Target Field, San Francisco's AT&T Park, Chicago's United Center arena, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, Houston's Reliant Stadium, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, the renovation of Chicago's Wrigley Field, University of Phoenix Stadium, the renovation of Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg for the 2010 World Cup, London's 2012 Olympic Stadium, Miami's Sun Life Stadium, Ascot Racecourse, New York's Citi Field, Benfica's Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and the O2 Arenas in London, Berlin, and Dublin

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