Mall of Asia Arena

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Mall of Asia Arena
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The Mall of Asia Arena facade
Location Bay City, Pasay City, Philippines
Owner SM Prime Holdings
Operator SM Tickets
Executive suites 41[1]
Capacity Seated: 18,000[2]
Full house: 20,000[2]
Construction
Broke ground 2010[3]
Opened June 16, 2012[5]
Construction cost 3.6 billion[3]
Architect Arquitectonica[4]
Tenants
UAAP (2012-Present)
NCAA (2012-Present)
PBA (2012-Present)
Shakey's V-League (2013-Present)

Mall of Asia Arena is an indoor arena within the SM Mall of Asia complex, in Pasay, Philippines. It has a seating capacity of 16,000[2] for sporting events, and a full house capacity of 20,000.[2] The Arena officially opened on June 16, 2012. It has retractable seats and a 2,000-capacity car park building.

The Mall of Asia Arena is the alternative venue of the Philippine Basketball Association when the Smart Araneta Coliseum is unavailable.[6][7] The Arena is also the new home of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.[8][9]

Notable events at the Mall of Asia Arena[edit]

Entertainment events[edit]

Lady Gaga held the first concert at the arena with her 2 night sold-out concert for her Born This Way Ball tour in May 21–22, 2012[10] and other International artists such as Mariah Carey Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Aerosmith, Paramore, BIGBANG, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Lautner, Zac Efron , Super Junior, Taylor Swift and 2NE1. Regine Velasquez is the first local artist to perform at the Arena.[11]

Sports events[edit]

The interior of the Mall of Asia Arena during a PBA game.

The Mall of Asia Arena serves as one of the playing venues of the Philippine Basketball Association, National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines), UAAP and the Shakey's V-League.

The PBA's B-Meg Llamados and the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters played the first basketball game at the arena on July 7, 2012 as part of the 2012 PBA Governors Cup semifinals. The UAAP's 2012 opening game between the NU Bulldogs and UE Red Warriors on July 14, 2012 was the arena's first college basketball game. The first game of the 2012 UAAP basketball finals was played at the arena in front of 20,686 people. The DLSU Lady Spikers or De La Salle University Women's Volleyball Team is the first team in any Philippine Sports tournament or league to celebrate the first ever championship in the arena last March 6, 2013 in front of 18,779 cheering crowd followed by the De La Salle Green Archers last October 12, 2013 in front of 23,305 cheering crowd.

The PBA's first doubleheader in the arena on October 17, 2012 was marked by a looting incident at the Meralco Bolts' locker room.[12] A day later, the arena hosted the National Collegiate Athletic Association's first game of its finals series against the San Beda Red Lions and the Letran Knights.

The Mall of Asia Arena served as the main venue for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship while the Ninoy Aquino Stadium was the second venue for the tournament, which was held on August 1–11, 2013.[13] It had a 19,989 attendance at the final game between the host Philippines and Iran.

The NBA played their first preseason game in Southeast Asia and in the Philippines at this arena on October 10, 2013 featuring the Houston Rockets versus the Indiana Pacers.[14]

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Coordinates: 14°31′55″N 120°59′1″E / 14.53194°N 120.98361°E / 14.53194; 120.98361