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    The Philippine Arena as a UAAP event venue?

    on October 19, 2014, the viability of Iglesia ni Cristo-owned Philippine Arena as a sports venue will be tested for the first time when it hosts the opening games of the 40th Season of the PBA.

    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.


    aside from that, SBP is looking at the possibility of tapping it as a game venue in case the Philippines successfully wins the bid to host the FIBA World Cup.

    do you think the Philippine Arena is a viable venue for UAAP events (basketball, volleyball, cheerdance)?

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    UAAP Sports? Not yet. Hirap na hirap nga maka-25K ang Araneta sa isang Basketball/Volleyball game.

    UAAP Cheerdance? Resounding YES! This is the perfect venue for this. Although mukhang UP, UST and FEU crowds ang majority kukuha ng 55k seats

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    ^ i was actually thinking of the Philippine Arena as a potential venue for UAAP CDC since mukhang giant covered amphitheater din lang naman ang design ng lugar. at least, lahat ng tao na nanood ay nakaharap sa performers unlike when the event is being held at MOA or Araneta na meron mga nakapwesto sa likuran. yun nga lang, may kalayuan ang Philippine Arena sa pusod ng Metro Manila so hindi pa natin masasabi kung viable talaga ang lugar as CDC venue or UAAP event venue, in general.

    by the way, this is the prepared seating plan for the PBA games at Philippine Arena on October 19:


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    Depende rin sa view kapag CDC. Mahirap ang layout kasi na pagkasiyahin ang 8 schools.

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    Too far. All UAAP schools are based in Metro Manila kasi. Depends on the students if they want to go there.

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    Will they allow Catholic Schools to play in the arena?

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    Will they allow Catholic Schools to play in the arena?
    Why wouldn't they? As long as the activities held are not against the teachings upheld by the church, they will allow it.

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