UFL finds a home in the McKinley Field
by rick olivares
The United Football League has found a new home. A new field where matches will never have to be called off because of rain. A pitch where Kaya players Nate Burkey and Jonah Romero promise, “We will play some great football.” A venue that is fully modern and one that the Filipino can be proud of.
When the UFL kicks off next season in, they will do so a the billion peso pitch that is the McKinley Field in posh and upscale McKinley Hills at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
The FIFA-approved 60x97 meter turf pitch will seat about 2,000 people and will also have a grandstand, modern dugouts, and a press center. Mr. Jericho Go, First Vice President for Megaworld Corporation was a schoolmate of Football Alliance officials Santiago Araneta, Javier Mantecon, and Antonio Longa during their elementary and secondary school days at the Colegio de San Agustin said that “It’s not a huge stadium like what Real Madrid or Barcelona has but it is a good start. The idea of putting up a football field next to our communities is a natural idea. It goes hand in hand.”
Kendrick Tan, Director of the Emperador Cup, a football tournament for non-professional football players added that the McKinley Field will be used solely for football and nothing else. “I grew up playing the game and I still do love the game. For the sport to grow we need a field that will be dedicated to the sport. McKinley Field is what we hope will be the first of many similar turf fields.”
Araneta, who is the UFL Chairman, was excited about this development for the league, “As you all know, we have been encountering birth pains with the league. Having a home field fixes many of those problems. But I have to make this clear – they are good problems to have.”
Added UFL President Randy Roxas, “Megaworld shares the vision of the UFL and when companies like Megaworld want to partner with us and promote the sport that opens up new opportunities.”