Pototan Astrodome in Iloilo - Philippines
The Pototan Astrodome, also known as the Pototan Coliseum, has emerged as one of the most significant landmarks in Pototan, Iloilo. Although the municipality is known for being a rice granary, the astrodome is changing all that.
The history of the Pototan Astrodome began in 1992 when the idea for the coliseum was brought up by then Congressman Licurgo Tirador. Even when his term ended, the dream of building this stadium did not end and was continued by the succeeding Congressmen. The edifice was completed in 2006 at a cost of over 45 million Php and it was immediately hailed as one of the finest in the country.
Among the major features of the Pototan Astrodome basketball court is the court itself, which uses maple wood for the surface. The electronic systems used for keeping track of the scores and other stats are up to par with the standards in other countries. The spacious center can hold up to 5,000 people. The quality of the comfort rooms and the other amenities there are also first class. Although football is widely played in Iloilo, basketball is also very popular among the local folks.
Those who love basketball will definitely have a blast while watching the games at the comfortable arena. Even if you are not a big fan of the game, it will be hard not to get caught up with the excitement that is generated by the reactions of the fans.
Besides the Pototan Astrodome, there are other spots in the area that have become major tourist attractions in Iloilo. Among them are the obelisk, and a lagoon nearby which is a favorite hangout for frequent visitors to the area. Also near the coliseum are several historical markers, a skating rink and several types of trees, including Indian trees and also those of made of mahogany.
Over all of these sites the Pototan Astrodome stands stall, watching them. After seeing the game you can go out and relax and relish the views here.
The municipality of Pototan is about 30 km (10 miles or so) from Iloilo City. There are several jeepneys and tricycles that can take you there. Just inform the driver that you want to go to the Pototan Astrodome and you will be taken to the area.
Whenever there are major sports events that are to be held in Iloilo, chances are it will be in the Pototan Astrodome. With its state of the art facilities, it is one structure that is both attractive and functional.