Pacquiao’s Kia, Ginebra expected to draw big crowd at PHL Arena
Posted on October 02, 2014 08:12:00 PM
THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is bracing for the biggest opening game attendance when it starts the 40th season at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
But with two of the biggest draws taking part on opening day, it looks like filling the biggest arena in the country is doable.
Manny Pacquiao, the People’s Champion, will have his Kia Motors seeing action against fellow expansion club Blackwater Sports while Barangay Ginebra, the most popular team in the league, takes on a retooled Talk N’ Text side in the main game.
A few weeks ago, the PBA has made an ocular inspection on the Philippine Arena and special assistant to the commissioner and media bureau chief Willie Marcial said it has met the standard set by the league.
The Philippine Arena, owned by Iglesia ni Cristo, has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest mixed-use indoor theater when an audience of 51,919 attended the worship of the INC’s 100th anniversary.
Aside from the basketball coliseum, the complex also has the Philippine Sports Stadium -- a football and track stadium that seats 20,000 -- as well as a sports center, an indoor aquatic and tennis center, a hotel and a 600-bed hospital.
The league is sticking with its three-conference format starting with the Philippine Cup followed by two import-laced tourneys.
A new innovation is a handicapping system for imports in the Commissioner’s Cup and the Governors Cup.
The top eight after the elimination round of the Philippine Cup will be playing with imports with a height limit of 6-foot-9 in the second conference. The bottom four will be allowed imports of unlimited height.
For the Governors Cup, the handicapping will be based on the performances of the teams in the first two conferences. The top eight will play with imports with a height ceiling of 6-foot-5. The bottom four are allowed imports of unlimited height.