Over the years, Marikeños undying passion for health and wellness never cease .With health buffs visiting the city’s sports center, the Marikina Sports Park, everyday, Marikina is seen as the next sports capital of the country. The city’s livability matched with the residents’ unparalleled love for sports, Marikina’s position to gain such recognition is highly favorable.
What attests to the Marikeños commitment to realize the dream of becoming the sports capital is the emergence of small organizations such as the Fireflies Brigade, Ageless Warriors, Nangka Football Club, Marikina Sports Park Runners, the 16 teams competing for the summer inter-barangay basketball tournament and all other groups organized in the hope of promoting Marikina City as the best place to play and hold games.
Topping the list of sports activities which the Marikeños would always love to play are running, and biking, basketball, and football. Taking the first steps in creating the Sports Capital, the local government officials have always given consideration to these kinds of sports activities so the plan becomes beneficial to even more individuals.
In the next one to two years, Marikeños will see the development of the Marikina Sports Center’s football field and its other facilities. With this development comes Marikina being the ‘home of the Azkals’ as well as home to various sports tournaments such as the Smart National Football Championships and national and international sports events.
If Marikina becomes the ‘Home of the Azkals’, they expect to regularly attract football enthusiasts and swooning teeners from neighboring cities because of the Azkals current celebrity status. This will translate to higher consumption and local purchases by these visitors that will benefit Marikina retailers and merchants.
This new positioning as a sports capital is designed to be the catalyst for new investments in ancillary and sports-related business and services to come into Marikina, like specialized sports clinics, therapy centers, hospitals, workout gyms, health spas, training facilities, etc. This can also hopefully attract athletes, professionals and experts in related fields to relocate in Marikina as new residents.
This addition to the city’s development is seen to open new opportunities to the residents and the city as a whole. So whether vying to be included in the pool of sports champs, or simply developing the city’s assets to enrich the local economy, sports development will definitely bring countless benefits to Marikina.