Looking at possible venues for the PBA bubble
Looking at possible venues for the PBA bubble
Rick Olivares (Philstar.com) - September 8, 2020 - 11:39am

MANILA, Philippines – The PBA Board of Governors will be meeting this Friday, September 11, to discuss the proposed bubble that is patterned after the NBA model in Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

The basic idea behind the bubble is to restrict travel and ensure safety in a more or less controlled environment while the games are played.

The league should also answer the following questions:

  1. If families are allowed, how many?
  2. What are the players allowed to do and not do?
  3. Will there be any people, say, media, allowed inside as well?
  4. Will they need extra security aside from what is available?
  5. And of course, there is the question of costs.

Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

 

Area

Self-contained

Basketball Courts

Safety

Amenities

Cubao

Not exactly. The area is a commercial center. Novotel is the only hotel in the area (401) rooms. That means teams will need to be billeted in the Pasig area.

Smart Araneta Coliseum

A short walk to the game venue. There are available testing rooms.

Nearby eateries and shopping, but the idea is to restrict movement more since this area is open to the public.

Pasig-Mandaluyong

No. Teams will have to be billeted in the Pasig or Greenhills area.

PhilSports Arena, the Jacinto Tiu Gym in Xavier or the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan. There are practice facilities in Upper Deck.

A 10- to 15-minute drive from the Pasig area. Could even be closer depending on where the games will be held.

Nearby eateries and shopping, but the idea is to restrict movement more since this area is open to the public.

Pasay

Not exactly. The area is a commercial center. But there are numerous top hotels in the area such as the Conrad, Reese and Best Q Condo

Mall of Asia Arena

Very close to the game venues. It’s a very short drive. Five minutes or less.

Nearby eateries and shopping, but the idea is to restrict movement more since this area is open to the public.

Clark Freeport Zone in Capas, Tarlac

Yes. They are already in a bubble. They have several top hotels in Prime Asia, Clark Marriott, Winds Boutique, and Park Inn to name a few. And they have the Athletes Village,

Angeles University Foundation (a nice facility with Maplewood flooring). Just right for two teams, league officials, and a few others.

It’s a 40-minute drive to AUF.

While there are nearby eateries and National River Park corridor for jogging, biking, and open air exercising.

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