Cebu City Sports Complex

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The Cebu City Sports Center, formerly known as the Abellana Oval, has made a lot of difference in the sports activities of Cebuanos. Because of its accessible location and its world-class facilities, the sports center has encouraged the development of different kinds of sports, as well as inspired many Cebuanos to engage in fitness and health-improving activities [1]. It is located at the Abellana National School Grounds, Jones Avenue, Cebu City, Cebu.


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In 1993, through the efforts of Councilor Augustus Young of Cebu City and Congressman Raul del Mar, Cebu won the bidding for the hosting of the 1994 Palarong Pambansa (Philippine National Games) after justifying Cebu's competence to hosts the games.


In order that the Abellana Oval can accommodate the said games, the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) proposed the renovation of the Abellana Oval and the construction of additional facilities that will accommodate the different events of the 1994 Palarong Pambansa.


Cebu City spearheaded and supervised the construction and renovation of the Abellana Oval. Cebu City Councilor Augustus Young was appointed overall director of the project, which was given full funding and support by the National Government. The renovation was finished on time, which includes the rubberization of the Abellana Oval, consisting of 400 meters of world-standard material and specifications. A stadium that could accommodate 12,000 to 15,000 people was also constructed. Other facilities built in the complex includes a 50-meter by 25-meter swimming pool with ten lanes, a 15-meter by 10-meter warm-up pool, a gymnasium, a ballroom, a workout area, and multi-purpose rooms for various indoor sports and games.


Venue for Events

The Logo of the 23rd SEA Games


The successful construction of the Abellana Oval, now known as Cebu City Sports Center, gave way to Cebu's hosting of the 1994 Palarong Pambansa -- CCSC's first successful hosting of a major event, and subsequently, the hosting of seven game categories of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held in November 2005.


Besides of being a sports facility, the Cebu City Sports Center is also the venue for the annual Sinulog Festival held every third Sunday of January.


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