Mall of Asia Arena

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Mall of Asia Arena
Mall of Asia Aug 2015.jpg
Mall of Asia Arena in 2015
Location Bay City, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
Owner SM Prime Holdings
Operator SM Tickets
Executive suites 41[1]
Capacity Seated: 15,000[2]
Full house: 20,000[2]
Scoreboard Daktronics Galaxy 4-side JumboTron with Daktronics All-Sport 5100 Series
Broke ground 2010[3]
Opened June 16, 2012[6]
Construction cost USD 77 million
₱3.6 billion[3]
Architect Arquitectonica[4]
Project manager Jose Siao Ling & Associates[5]
UAAP (2012–present)
NCAA (2012–present)
PBA (2012–present)
Shakey's V-League (2013–present)
Manila Mavericks (2014–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.[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 alternate venue of the Philippine Basketball Association when the Smart Araneta Coliseum is unavailable.[7][8] The Arena is also the new home of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.[9][10]

Notable events at the Mall of Asia Arena[edit]

Entertainment events[edit]

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.[11] Regine Velasquez was the first Filipino artist to stage a solo major concert; she is also the artist who has performed the most number of times at the arena (solo major concerts, corporate events and concert guestings). Several other international artists have performed at the arena, including The 1975, 2NE1, 5 Seconds of Summer, Aerosmith, Avicii, Backstreet Boys, James Bay, Big Bang, Chris Brown, BTS, Mariah Carey, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Jonas Brothers, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Linkin Park, Demi Lovato, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, New Kids on the Block, Panic! at the Disco, Paramore, Pitbull, Rihanna, The Script, Ed Sheeran, Britney Spears, Super Junior, Taylor Swift, The Vamps and Zedd. 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.[12] Darren Espanto was the youngest artist to hold a solo show at the arena at age 14.[13] One Ok Rock was the first Japanese artist to headline a show in the arena, while EXO was the first Korean artist to perform in the arena for two nights.

Two of the Big Four international beauty pageants have been held in the arena: Miss Earth 2016 on October 29, 2016 and Miss Universe 2016 on January 30, 2017.[14][15]

Since 2016, the arena has hosted Disney on Ice productions every December.[16]

Sports events[edit]

Panorama shot inside the Mall of Asia Arena during the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament game between the Philippines and France.

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.[17] 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 during a 2013 FIBA Asia Championship match between China and Iran.

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.[18] 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.[19]

The Manila Mavericks of the International Premier Tennis League played their home matches in the arena in the league's inaugural season. The matches were played on November 28–30, 2014.[20][21]

The UFC held their first event in Philippines on May 16, 2015 with UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber.[22][23][24]

In June 2015, the Monster Jam motorsport event performed at the arena.[25]

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.[26]

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[27][28]

Religious events[edit]

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.[29][30]

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.[31] It was attended by 14,194 delegates from select congregations in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Other uses[edit]

On December 30, 2014, the Mall of Asia Arena served as the venue for the wedding reception of GMA Network actors Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera.[32]

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.[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mall of Asia Arena Premier Suites
  2. ^ a b c "FAST FACTS: Mall of Asia Arena". 
  3. ^ a b The Arena elevates viewing to a new level, Sharon Robas-Macawile, Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 14, 2012
  4. ^ All eyes on the Arena, Malaya, June 7, 2012
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ OPM Icons shine at MOA Arena, Ed Uy, The Manila Times, June 24, 2012
  7. ^ "Big Dome still main PBA venue, but MOA Arena an alternative option - - Sports5". 
  8. ^ "Hataw Tabloid - D'yaryo ng bayan". 
  9. ^ [2] SM Arena: Home of NCAA 88, UAAP Season 75 Retrieved 06 July 2011
  10. ^ "New SM arena to host majority of UAAP basketball games". InterAKTV. 13 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Born This Way Ball Tour: Lady Gaga live in Manila 2012". Philippine Concerts. 14 March 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ Garcia, Vincent (March 31, 2017). "10 most expensive concert tickets in PH". Retrieved April 3, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Darren Set To Be Youngest Singer To Hold Solo Show At MOA Arena". SM Prime. May 27, 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Ecuador is Miss Earth 2016". The Philippine Star. October 29, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ Sauler, Erika; Gonzales, Yuji Vincent (July 28, 2016). "It’s official: PH to host 2017 Miss Universe pageant at MOA". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ Tantuco, Vernise (October 6, 2016). "'Disney on Ice' in Manila 2016: 4 things you need to know". Rappler. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  17. ^ Giongco, Mark (2012-10-17). "Meralco team suffers double black eye as dugout gets ransacked". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  18. ^ "Asian exec on host’s FIBA Asia bid: ‘5th-ranked Phl needs its best’". Philstar Sports. January 29, 2013. 
  19. ^ "NBA To Stage First Ever Preseason Game". Mall Of Asia Arena. March 15, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Schedule". International Premier Tennis League. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "Day 3 Match 6 – Report: Manila Mavericks vs. DBS Singapore Slammers" (PDF). International Premier Tennis League. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  22. ^ Ordonez, Milan (January 29, 2015). "UFC MAKES MANILA DEBUT CARD OFFICIAL". ABS-CBN Sports. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  23. ^ Martin, Damon (February 15, 2015). "Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber main event for UFC debut in Manila". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  24. ^ "UFC Fight Night Manila: Edgar defeats Faber; Muñoz ends career on winning note". CNN Philippines. May 17, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015. 
  25. ^ "First time ever: Monster Jam thunders into Manila". The Philippine Star. March 11, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  26. ^ "The Manila Major". Valve. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  27. ^ "Italy, Philippines and Serbia to host Olympic Qualifying Tournaments; France to stage Women's Tournament". FIBA. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  28. ^ "Philippines to host FIBA Olympic Qualifiers". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  29. ^ Hegina, Aries (14 January 2015). "Pope Francis to address 3 ‘challenges’ faced by Filipino families in MOA Arena event". Manila, Philippines: Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  30. ^ "MOA activities set on Pope Francis". Manila Standard Today. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  31. ^ "Events in Pasay on 26th April 2015, Sunday -". 
  32. ^ "Dingdong-Marian wedding reception". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. December 30, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  33. ^ Kabiling, Genalyn (November 10, 2015). "Aquino visits APEC summit venues". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 

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

Preceded by
Miss Universe venue
Succeeded by