The Panaad Park and Stadium is one of the most modern sports complex in the Philippines and it is found in Bacolod City. This 25-hectare sports complex has been the site of the Mens’ Football Event of the 2005 SEA Games as well as the location of the qualifying tournament of the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship. The Panaad stadium is also the unofficial home of the country’s national football team. (Yet despite the Philippines having one of the oldest football teams, the country has still a long way to go before being able to appear in the World Cup, arguably the world’s second-largest sporting event after the Summer Olympics.)
Photo from the Bacolod City website.
Aside from the football field, the Panaad Stadium also has a rubberized track oval, a 15,500-seating-capacity stadium, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool, among other facilities. As for the “Park” portion of Panaad, scattered among the greenery are replicas of landmarks from 13 of Negros Occidental’s cities and municipalities. The annual Panaad sa Negros, which is a celebration of the festivals of each of the cities/towns of Negros Occidental, is held here in the Panaad Park and Stadium.