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PH Arena, MOA Arena eyed as SEA Games venues

The successful hosting of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament could entice the PSC to have some SEA Games events to happen at the Mall of Asia Arena. (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The Philippines' two biggest indoor arenas could become SEA Games venues.

The Philippine Arena in Bocaue, which can accommodate up to 50,000 people, and the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, which can provide seats for up to 20,000 people, are being eyed by the PSC as venues for some of the competitions of the 2019 edition of the biennial meet that will happen in the country.

Among the two, the MOA Arena holds the most credentials as it already hosted the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament and the FIVB Women's Club World Championship last year, the FIBA Asia Cup in 2013, and even the IPTL in 2014 and 2015, the Manila Major and ESL One DOTA 2 tournaments last year and the Manila Masters last summer, and twice-a-year stagings of One Championship fight cards alongside a UFC fight card in 2015.

On the other hand, while the Philippine Arena only played host to two PBA playdates, its large seating capacity can play a huge factor especially if the PSC decides to hold basketball or volleyball games, which can attract a large crowd, there.

Meanwhile, SEA Games Organizing Committee chair Alan Cayetano said that the development of the "Sports City" inside the New Clark City in Capas will be fast-tracked.

Cayetano assured that the new sports complex will be finished within two-and-a-half years, just in time for the next SEA Games.

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