Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym

Infobox_Stadium
stadium_name = Blue Eagle Gym
nickname = |

caption =
location = Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines
broke_ground =
opened = December 3, 1949
closed =
demolished =
owner = Ateneo de Manila University
operator = Ateneo de Manila University
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architect =
tenants = Ateneo Blue Eagles
former_names = Loyola Center
seating_capacity = 7,500
dimensions = 281 feet long X 213 feet wide |

The Blue Eagle Gym is a gymnasium located in the main campus of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Philippines. Unlike most gymnasiums, the basketball court is oriented perpendicular to the orientation of the building. For a time, it was officially known as the Loyola Center.

The stadium was built in 1949, three years before the Ateneo de Manila moved from its Manila campus to its current campus in Loyola Heights in 1952.

According to historical records, the gym was constructed under the direction of Ateneo Rector William F. Masterson, S.J., to be an alternative venue to the Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the National Collegiate Athletic Association games.

It is frequently a venue for sporting events of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (pre-1978).

It was also a venue for Philippine Basketball Association games in the league's early years.

The stadium played host to the sepak takraw tournament of the 1991 Southeast Asian Games. It was scheduled to be the venue for women's basketball in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, but since the Basketball Association of the Philippines was suspended by FIBA, the gymnasium was not able to host the event.

The gymnasium is the home of the Ateneo de Manila's Blue Eagles.

External links

* [http://www.ateneo.edu/index.php?p=99 Blue Eagle Gym]
* [http://www.ateneo.edu/?p=120&type=2&aid=1325 The Blue Eagle Gym flies again]


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