Philippine Arena chosen as venue for PBA Comm's Cup Finals Game 7

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY—If the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals get too wild that a Game 7 would be needed, fans might have to go up north to witness the conclusion of the conference.

Initially shared to reporters present at the SM Mall of Asia Arena at the end of the semifinals on Wednesday night and later made public, the Philippine Arena in Bocaue will be the site of the final game of the championship series between Ginebra and Bay Area.

The said game, if necessary, will be played on Jan. 13.

The MOA Arena will be the main venue of the championship battle between the Gin Kings and the Dragons with five games scheduled to take place there including the series opener right on Christmas night.

The "Last Dance" will then make its only stop at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City in Game 2 on Dec. 28.

After the yearend break, the series will resume on Jan. 4 at the MOA Arena, and the series will remain there until Game 6.

However, if no champion will be crowned after Game 6, the 55,000-seater arena will open its doors for the final battle.

This is not the first time the PBA scheduled a finals game at the Philippine Arena as the league also scheduled Game 7 of the Governors' Cup Finals between Ginebra and Meralco at the said venue last April.

However, the Gin Kings finished off the Bolts in Game 6 of their series at the MOA Arena, and a Game 7 was not eventually needed.

Following its win against San Miguel, Bay Area coach Brian Goorjian joked to everyone present at the MOA Arena press room that they should hope that the series will go the full length.

"Let's hope it goes seven," Goorjian said in jest.

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