The PBA is looking at its usual stomping grounds as venue for the planned resumption of the season-ending Governors’ Cup in the first week of February.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said he’s still in talks with operators of the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Ynares Sports Arena and even the Mall of Asia Arena as the league continues to make preparations for the restart of the reinforced tournament.
“Depende pa sa kung ano ang mapaguusapan namin ng mga venues, kung ano ang maganda para sa amin ng venue at ng PBA,” Marcial said. “Tinitignan natin ang Ynares at Araneta, pero nakikipagusap na din ang MOA sa atin.”
Araneta hosted the last eight playdates of the Governors’ Cup last month in front of a limited capacity before the league halted the conference due to the COVID-19 surge that started after the dawn of the new year.
Ynares was the venue of the first two weeks of the Philippine Cup in July and the first five playdates of the second conference, the latter being held before the league’s transfer to the Big Dome.
The Mall of Asia Arena was all set to host two playdates slated Jan. 15 and 16, but that was put at the wayside with the stoppage.
Members of the PBA Board of Governors approved the timetable for the Governors’ Cup return, citing data in which daily COVID-19 cases are slowly in a downward trend.
But Marcial said fans will have to be barred again once PBA resumes.
“Wala munang crowd,” said Marcial before holding talks with the Metro Manila Development Authority where he hopes to secure the clearance of the government agency for teams to resume full practices inside their training facilities.