Philippine Sports Stadium takes stellar role at FIFA World Cup on Sept 8 in Bulacan (Philippines News Agency)

When the kickoff at 8 a.m.on Sept 8 between the Philippine Azkals and Uzbekistan at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, expect local fans to come and enjoy the match as well as the Stadium which is considered world class.

The Philippines is gaining reputation among foreign football fans as a world-class sporting hub because of the ultramodern Philippine Sports Stadium where the Azkals’ home games for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers are being held.

Football fans from countries that will be playing in the stadium will get a chance to view on their TV sets, laptop computers or mobile gadgets the stadium’s state-of-the-art facilities when their teams play with the Philippine Azkals.

It will be a different viewing experience for fans not only here in the Philippines but also abroad, team manager Dan Palami said.

The first World Cup qualifier held at the stadium was last June 11 between the Philippine Azkals and Bahrain which the former won, 2-1.

The Philippine Sports Stadium, which is owned by the religious sect Iglesia Ni Cristo, is the largest football stadium in the country with a football seating capacity of 20,000.

The stature of the Philippines as a sporting mecca will always get a boost everytime an international football game is played in the stadium, he said.

Fans watching remotely will be viewing a newly-painted stadium with colors that still gleam, a well-lighted playing field within a blue track, and an electronic scoreboard on either end.

For fans watching live at the stadium, they will see facilities and amenities that are new, premises that are spick-and-span, seats with wheelchair access and functioning washrooms.

The football field has a 103 x 68 meters size with a natural grass surface, another plus for the stadium.

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has earlier described the stadium as beautiful while Azkals players have only good words for the playing field’s natural grass surface.

It feels different to play on grass, said one Azkals player while another declared that I’m really happy we have this place.

“Playing on the grass is worlds different. The Rizal Memorial Football Stadium where the previous Azkals games were held uses artificial grass.”

Tickets for the Azkals vs. Uzbekistan game to be held at the Philippine Sports Stadium on September 8, 2015 are now available at www.ticketworld.com.ph. Tickets are at P531.80 for Price Zone 1, P331.14 for Price Zone 2 and P125.40 for Price Zone 3.