Mall of Asia Arena
Mall of Asia Arena in 2015
|Location||Bay City, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Owner||SM Prime Holdings|
Full house: 20,000
|Scoreboard||Daktronics Galaxy 4-side JumboTron with Daktronics All-Sport 5000 Series|
|Opened||June 16, 2012|
USD 77 million |
|Project manager||Jose Siao Ling & Associates|
PBA (2012–present) |
Philippine Mavericks (2014–15)
SM NBTC (2015-present)
Mall of Asia Arena is an indoor arena within the SM Mall of Asia complex, in Bay City, Pasay, Philippines. It has a seating capacity of 15,000 for sporting events, and a full house capacity of 20,000. 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 alternate venue of the Philippine Basketball Association when the Smart Araneta Coliseum is unavailable. The arena is also the new home of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines).
Notable events at the Mall of Asia Arena
Lady Gaga held the first concerts at the arena with her two night sold-out concert for her Born This Way Ball tour on May 21–22, 2012. Regine Velasquez was the first Filipino artist to stage a solo major concert; she is also the only Filipino artist to stage a two-night back-to-back sold out solo major concert at the arena and the artist who has performed the most number of times at the arena (solo major concerts, back-to-back concerts, corporate events and concert guestings). Several other international artists have performed at the arena. At that time, Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour concerts on February 24–25, 2016 were the most expensive concerts in the Philippines with ticket costs ranging from ₱3,150 to ₱57,750. Darren Espanto was the youngest artist to hold a solo show at the arena at age 14. One Ok Rock was the first Japanese artist to headline a show in the arena, while EXO was the first Korean artist to stage a two-day sold out concert series in the arena, followed by other Kpop groups such as Big Bang, BTS, Seventeen, Wanna One, etc.
Two of the Big Four international beauty pageants have been held in the arena: Miss Earth 2016 on October 29, 2016, Miss Universe 2016 on January 30, 2017 and Miss Earth 2017 on November 4, 2017.
The Mall of Asia Arena serves as one of the playing venues of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines), UAAP and the Shakey's V-League. The venue uses NBA-specification shot clocks, with a Daktronics NBA model unit that counts tenths in the final five seconds.
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 PBA's first doubleheader in the arena on October 17, 2012 was marked by a looting incident at the Meralco Bolts' locker room. 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.
On March 6, 2013, the DLSU Lady Spikers became the first team in any Philippine sports to celebrate the first ever championship in the arena in front of 18,779 cheering crowd, when they won the UAAP women's volleyball championship.
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. It had a 19,989 attendance at the final game between the host Philippines and Iran.
From June 7–12, 2016, the arena held a professional Dota 2 eSports tournament, known as the Manila Major 2016, which was hosted by Valve Corporation and produced by PGL eSports. The Manila Major is the third event of Valve's Dota Major Championships where 16 teams from all around the world came to compete for a prize pool of $3,000,000 USD.
The Mall of Asia Arena was the one of the three main venues of the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men, which was held in the Philippines, Italy, and Serbia from July 4–10, 2016. This is the second FIBA tournament held at the arena
Announced on December 9, 2017, the Philippines, along with Japan and Indonesia, will co-host the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, with the Mall of Asia Arena, along with other venues, hosting matches. The Mall of Asia Arena will also host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers Window 2 game between the Philippines and Japan on 25 February 2018.
The arena hosted Tanduay Alab Pilipinas' first game of the 2017–18 ABL season. It was the first time that Alab played in an arena as large as the Mall of Asia arena, and the first ABL game in the arena.
The Mall of Asia Arena served as the main venue for the Encounter with the Families event, led by Pope Francis during his papal visit to the Philippines on January 16, 2015. The event was a dialogue between Pope Francis and an audience of families.
On April 10, 2015, Hillsong No Other Name Tour Live In Manila Praise & Worship Concert was held at MOA Arena will more than 20,000 Filipino worshipers who watched and attended the Christian concert event.
On April 26, 2015, Jehovah's Witnesses' Special Meeting in conjunction with the Philippines Branch visit of a Headquarter's Representative was held at MOA Arena. It was attended by 14,194 delegates from select congregations in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
The Catholic organisation CFC Youth for Christ held a concert called Liveloud "In Gloria Dei" at the MOA Arena on May 28, 2016. The event took place again at the MOA Arena on June 10, 2017 for the Liveloud "I Believe" concert and for the Liveloud "☧ (Chi Rho)" concert on June 2, 2018.
The MOA Arena has also hosted events of Victory Christian Fellowship, mostly youth activities. On 2-4 August 2017, the arena hosted the UNASHAMED 2017 Campus Conference, and various versions of the "Discipleship" event, with the recent edition having been held in 2018.
On July 26, 2015, GMA Network marks its 65th Anniversary with the fans day entitled "Thank You, Kapuso!" held at the arena.
On November 18, 2015, the arena served as the venue for the welcome dinner hosted by then-President Benigno Aquino III for the visiting economic leaders (mostly heads of government) participating at the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting.
On September 30, 2017, Eat Bulaga! 's grand coronation day of Miss Millennial Philippines 2017 was also held at the arena.
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