Volcanoes find new home in McKinley Hill Stadium

Players of the Volcanoes and an officer of Megaworld posed inside the newly-renamed
McKinley Hill Stadium. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

TAGUIG--The Philippine Volcanoes have a new place they can call home.

On Thursday, the PRFU and Megaworld announced a partnership which will let the Volcanoes use the McKinley Hill Stadium for their training and upcoming matches.

"Whenever possible, when we support a worthy endeavor like this, you should do so by all means.... We offer the McKinley Hill Stadium as a venue for them to practice," Megaworld senior vice president Jericho Go told the press how both the development firm and the sports association tied up.

He also said that the partnership will go beyond the usage of the turf formerly known as the Emperador Stadium.

Go bared, "There will be more coming. We are exploring ways and means to support them."

Go then bragged the stadium's artificial turf made of Limonta Max S 60 mm, which can still be played by association football and ultimate teams even if the Volcanoes get dirty in their training.

He continued, "We know that a lot of times, our country is hit by typhoons and flood rains. When you have playing fields that get easily drenched, then you can't practice anymore.... The advantage of having an artificial turf is that you can play on it 24/7, and it's going to maintain its form. The quality of play will not suffer."

Volcanoes skipper Jakey Letts agreed and said, "Training at this facility on a weekly basis is an essential component to our team's success. The stadium facilities are world-class and the team can easily access the venue being central to the likes of Makati and the Fort--an ideal place venue for a national team."

To make the partnership formal, a whole-day youth rugby training camp will take place on Sunday, which will be capped by a friendly between the men's and the women's teams.

The new partnership came in time for the Volcanoes' preparation as they try to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.