Basketball and volleyball need new venues for 2019 SEA Games


Basketball-loopy fans within the united states may have to be content material cheering the PBA-sponsored Philippine crew in a smaller venue whilst the Philippines plays host to the 2019 Southeast Asian Games from Nov. 30 to Dec. Eleven. For now, basketball video games seem like transferring to Filoil Flying V Centre and volleyball to PhilSports Arena, actions tentatively confirmed to ESPN5 by way of Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) executive director Ramon Suzara.

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“Yeah, this is accurate, although it might not be the final, that is the trendy movement due to the fact MOA Arena and Smart Araneta begged off inside the complete days of the SEA Games,” Suzara said. Originally, basketball games were scheduled for the biennial games at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, while volleyball video games had been slated for the Smart Araneta Coliseum. But Suzara said the famed MOA Arena is handiest, giving six days for basketball and Araneta Coliseum best four days for volleyball, forcing the Phisgoc to don’t forget different options. “It’s unlucky. However, we have been speaking to these venues because in May 2018.

We did not lack in speaking and assembly with them,” Suzara stated. Suzara added the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, is another alternative. However, the 55,000-seat indoor venue is just too huge to host basketball. He additionally ruled out protecting the basketball and volleyball games outside Metro Manila. ESPN5 reached out to Samahang Basketball Pilipinas president Al Panlilio for comment, but Panlilio has to reply. Aside from the basketball and volleyball uncertainties, gymnastics has been moved from the SMX Convention Center to the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.