The country's premier football league will soon have a home.
The United Football League has struck a deal to use the artificial pitch that will be constructed by real estate giant Megaworld at McKinley Hill in Taguig City.
Work on the field will be completed by the end of the year that will be followed by the construction of a grandstand that can accomodate a maximum of 2,000 people - which will also finished by the middle of 2013.
The UFL welcomed the deal, saying it addresses the league's problems on the lack of pitches as well as improve the quality of play in the league.
Under the deal with Megaworld, the UFL will have priority in field usage for the next four years.
"This is big for us in the UFL," said Dong Longa, director of the Football Alliance, which organizes the UFL.
"This addresses our problem with the lack of fields that sometimes causes the disruption of the league schedule."
The league sees the construction of the field as a boost to the growing popularity of the sport in the country.
"The more fields will allow the FA to consider more tournaments like the women's UFL and youth tournaments since existing UFL clubs are already having youth programs," Longa said.
The UFL holds most of its big matches at the University of Makati field because of the unavailability of the Rizal Memorial Stadium recently, while several second division games are held at the Turf as well as Nomads Sports Club.
Megaworld plans to comply with requirements set by the UFL with the 60x97 meter turf surrounded by a grandstand and equipped with a press center and adequate locker rooms.
The UFL will hold television games carried by AKTV on IBC 13 as soon as work in the grandstand is finished.
"This is very positive news for Philippine football that big companies like Megaworld are coming in and supporting," Longa said.
"With the entry of big corporations, hopefully more will follow suit which would be great for the sport."