MANILA, Philippines - The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) may use the University of Santo Tomas Gym for some of its games, including basketball, for Season 74. The gym, which is part of the P800-million UST Sports Complex, is expected to be finished by January 28 in time for the school's 400th anniversary. An Ateneo sports official said they plan to use it as possible venue for basketball and volleyball. "If it's already complete, why not?" said Ricky Palou, the Ateneo athletic director and representative to the UAAP board. Ateneo is host of the coming UAAP season. The sports complex is four stories high and boasts of a modern basketball court with bleachers that can accommodate 5,792 patrons. The size of the gym is much bigger than The Arena in San Juan, the venue for the on-going Season 73 volleyball tournament, which can house around 4,500 fans. The UST gym, though, is smaller than the Blue Eagles Gym in Katipunan, which can sit 7,500. The construction of the sports complex started in 2008 and it will house the facilities for fencing, badminton, table tennis, indoor track, judo, dancing, gymnastics, and a fitness center at the ground floor. Aside from the sports facilities, the building will also be home to classrooms, administrative offices, and space for food concessionaires. A multi-deck parking space will also be erected near the gymnasium. The new gym will also include a museum display of the various trophies UST has won. The new building will replace the old UST gym, which was built in 1927.
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