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3x Open Conference:
1979, 1988, 1989
1x Invitational Conference:
1982
3x Reinforced Conference:
1987, 1988, 1989
4x All-Filipino Cup:
1989, 1992, 1994, 2001
3x Governor's Cup:
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Built in 1959. From 1960 to 1963, it received international recognition as the "Biggest covered coliseum in the world". Currently the largest indoor arena in Southeast Asia.

In 1978, it hosted the 1978 FIBA World Championship.







 

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It is thought that this arena could fit up to 25,000 spectators. A major renovation in 1999 reduced this to 15,000 and made this arena an all-seater.
 

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What beat Araneta in 1963, as the biggest covered coliseum in the world?

I think the Philippines deserves a spanking new stadium/arena that could hold more spectators. Araneta can't even accommodate all the Ateneo-La Salle fans! (frustration much?)
 

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This was also the site of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier's Thrilla in Manila. Muhammad Ali was such a popular fighter at the time that the shopping mall across the street was named after him: the Ali Mall.

They really need to lose those colors. It's pretty garish and hard on the eyes. Why could they not just reclad it or something?

And the clashing typefaces. Choose one font or another but don't have two, particularly if one of them is the Star Trek font.
 

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This was also the site of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier's Thrilla in Manila. Muhammad Ali was such a popular fighter at the time that the shopping mall across the street was named after him: the Ali Mall.

They really need to lose those colors. It's pretty garish and hard on the eyes. Why could they not just reclad it or something?

And the clashing typefaces. Choose one font or another but don't have two, particularly if one of them is the Star Trek font.
Mabuhay!

I was stationed at NAS Cubi PT at Subic when the fight occurred. We got off early that day in September 1975 so we could watch it on TV. I remember it starting at like 11am.. I could be wrong.

The PBA is still in existence? Nice. I remember a team called the Crispa Redmonizers. And I know Toyota had a team..Dang that's a long time ago..33-35 years.. in a beautiful country far far away.. It's almost like a dream...

Diyos basbasan ang mga tao at ang Republika ng Pilipinas!!
 

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The Big Cube at the Big Dome
By Patricia Bermudez-Hizon
For Yahoo! Southeast Asia

The Araneta Coliseum is synonymous with grand spectacles of both local and international stars. It is also regarded as a sports event mecca and the championship capital of the Philippine—having hosted the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier “Thrilla in Manila,” the World Basketball Championships in the late 70s, PBA battles, collegiate wars, and so many others in its 50 years of existence.

But it’s time for a serious upgrade.

Gines Enriquez, marketing manager and spokesperson for the Araneta Coliseum shared: “Our objective is to always enrich spectator encounter to give them total entertainment satisfaction inside the Big Dome. We owe it to our customers to give them something new, so we are always looking for ways to have an engaging experience for them”.

And what an experience it will be when people get a load of the Big Cube at the Big Dome. No matter how far you are seated, you will be treated to a front row experience all the time.

The cube, which was custom built from the US, is 400 times bigger than the old 8 year old board. Enriquez revealed, “It’s 16 by 17 meters or 60 by 70 feet in size when combined making it the world’s biggest four-screen high definition LED Cube screen center hung from an indoor arena. The Dallas Cowboys football stadium uses only a 20mm pitch but the Big Cube is several times clearer at a 10mm pitch.”

There’s so much room for creative ideas for it. They can patch it with, for example Solar TV’s PBA feed, and use 1/3 of the LED board as the score board and stats board. “Apart from that, we can show player profiles, and other trivias on the screen”, said Enriquez. “We’re adding production and content developers for the screens. We can also have live feed from outside the coliseum, like aerial shots, traffic situation, an interview with an artist, and the like.”

Apart from also upgrading the sound system, a future plan of the management is to put a LED ring around the coliseum like what they do in the NBA venues. “We plan on having Internet integration so that we can be open to possibilities of integrating with iPads and mobile devices so people can send messages, photos, and [other content],” said Enriquez.

The Big Cube was installed before the holiday season and was tested during the Splendide China Circus Show. PBA fans who will troop to the Big Dome for the semi finals will surely be in awe.

Upcoming shows like Martin Nievera and Sarah Geronimo’s Valentine concert, Sergio Mendez, Taylor Swift and other big events will surely be enhanced with the presence of the Big Cube.

http://ph.yfittopostblog.com/2011/01/05/the-big-cube-at-the-big-dome/
 

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The Araneta Coliseum was originally coloured white. The current colour scheme is blue and yellow.
 

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In 1978, it hosted the 1978 FIBA World Championship.
wow i just realized only 2 Asian countries have hosted the FIBA WC & Philippines is the only Asian country to have a medal in that tournament's history? :cheers:
 

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http://www.philstar.com/SportsArticle.aspx?articleId=708020&publicationSubCategoryId=69

Araneta Coliseum, now Smart Araneta
SPORTS FOR ALL By Philip Ella Juico (The Philippine Star) Updated July 20, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (5) View comments
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It’s not been officially announced but it’s all over the papers, television and all forms of media: the fabled Araneta Coliseum will be known as the SMART Araneta Coliseum at least for five years starting, this Saturday, July 23 when the biggest professional basketball extravaganza, the Ultimate All-Star Weekend, kicks off at the Big Dome.

The renaming of Araneta Coliseum into the SMART Araneta Coliseum is known in sports business parlance as a “naming rights deal”.

Naming rights are essentially financial deals that allow a corporation (in this case, SMART) or for-profit entities to attach its name to a public assembly facility, usually a sports stadium, for a period of time ranging from three to 20 years. By entering into a naming rights deal, SMART gets a property to promote its products and services, strengthen brand reputation and goodwill, enhance name recall and several other benefits (without the headache of running the stadium) that ultimately should lead to increased market share and profits.

For Araneta Coliseum, the naming rights transaction will increase its capacity to make available the Big Dome to as many activities as possible thus rendering public service to the community. It is also a response to the competition offered by other property developers who have chosen to invade the public assembly facility business.

Reliable sources within Araneta state that the partnership with SMART will provide the Big Dome with resources over the next five years (the term of the naming rights deal which is renewable for a similar period at the option of the two parties) to upgrade the venue that hosted the Flash Elorde-Harold Gomes world junior lightweight title fight in March 1960, among many other historic events. The last time the Coliseum underwent major renovation was in 1998-1999.

The first priority of the Araneta management is to improve access to the upper box and general admission by installing the most modern and efficient escalators. A 2000-car parking lot will also be constructed as an added convenience to spectators.

To be sure, this is not the first time that the Araneta Group of Companies has entertained the idea of entering into a naming rights deal with commercial enterprises. Late in 1998, the Group came very close to completing a naming rights transaction with Shell Philippines.

During our discussions with Shell around the third quarter of 1998, when we were associated with the Araneta Group of Companies, the oil company had already agreed to the terms and conditions of a 10-year naming rights deal. We spent many hours with then Shell executives Oscar Reyes and Rey Gamboa to craft a mutually beneficial agreement. Shell had even sent structural engineers to the Coliseum to certify to the structural integrity of the edifice. Shell Philippines had already secured the approval of head office to enter into a deal which was the first ever naming rights transaction in the long history of the oil multinational.

What however turned out to be the deal breaker was the name to be given to the Coliseum. Under the agreement with Shell, the Araneta Coliseum would have been named “Shell Coliseum at the Araneta Center”. The removal of the family name “Araneta” from Araneta Coliseum did not meet with favor from some parties. It was felt that to remove Araneta from Araneta Coliseum was a disservice to the grand patriarch of the Araneta clan, the late Amado Araneta. He had labored hard over the years to develop the Araneta Center, with the Coliseum as the anchor project. In addition, it was believed that Araneta Coliseum had achieved its own brand equity and had the goodwill of the market.

To salvage the deal, both parties agreed to a simple signage contract that had Shell having its logo and the word “Shell” on both sides of the hard court near the centerline. For a while, even this agreement was up in the air as it was greeted by objections from Shell’s rival teams in the PBA who had felt that Shell gained an undue advantage in terms of exposure over the other teams.

According to Peter J. Nash in “Boston’s Royal Rooters”, stadium naming rights in North America may have begun in 1912 with the opening of the Fenway Park in Boston. The stadium’s owner had owned a realty company called “Fenway Realty” and it was clear that the owner wanted to maximize promotional value.

Wolf D. Barnet says the record for the highest amount paid for naming rights belongs to Citi Field (opened in 2009) and Barclays Center, both located in New York City. Barnet states that each of the two deals amounted to US$20 million per year for at least 20 years, totaling $400 million (about P16.8 billion).

This deal between SMART and the Araneta Group will certainly redound to the benefit of the public.
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Smart Araneta Coliseum? Good move by Araneta. I guess it's the right time for them to make room for major renovations.
 

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http://business.inquirer.net/11215/big-changes-come-to-the-big-dome
Big changes come to the Big Dome
By: Tina Arceo-Dumlao
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:37 pm | Sunday, August 7th, 2011
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ARANETA Group CEO Jorge L. Araneta. Photos by August de la Cruz

Not a few were taken aback by the surprise announcement that the world-famous Big Dome in Cubao, Quezon City—the centerpiece of the sprawling Araneta Center—has been renamed the Smart Araneta Coliseum, at least for the next five years.

After all, the Coliseum, which was at one point the biggest covered coliseum in the world, had flourished for more than 50 years—hosting 6,000 world-class shows viewed by 35 million people—without any help from corporate partners.

But what had been thought to be unthinkable did happen, with Araneta Group chairman and CEO Jorge L. Araneta himself announcing the major development on July 23, during the opening of the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend.

The highly anticipated exhibition games were headlined by Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose, Most Valuable Player of the National Basketball Association; Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers; Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets; and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.



“More than an alliance, this is a fusion of ideas and ideals, a renewed commitment to sports, entertainment and youth development,” Araneta said before the match between the NBA players and the Philippine Basketball Association selection that was watched by thousands of Filipino fans who filled the Coliseum to the rafters and the millions who watched the broadcast at home.

Araneta told the Inquirer in an interview that there were indeed mixed reactions to the renaming of the Big Dome into Smart Araneta Coliseum, but stressed that it was not unusual for stadiums to have corporate names attached to them.

Examples include the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, the home of the Miami Heat; American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, base of the Dallas Mavericks; Allianz Arena, home of football giant FC Bayern Munich; and Emirates Stadium in London, home field of the Arsenal FC football team.

Araneta said that the Araneta Group had really been looking for a partner willing to pay for naming rights even before this opportunity came along.

“The plan has always been at the back of our minds,” said Araneta in an interview in his boardroom.


group came close to forging a naming rights agreement back in 1999, but it fell through. The second attempt was successful, Araneta said, because there was an immediate meeting of the minds between the Araneta group and the telecommunications giant headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan.

Smart was committed to youth development programs involving sports, while the Araneta Group wanted to cement the Big Dome’s position as the sports and entertainment center in the Philippines.

By forging the naming rights agreement, Smart and the Araneta Group are confident that they will both get what they want.

Under the five-year deal, the Araneta Group will get a “substantial” annual fee in exchange for allowing the coliseum to be named Smart Araneta Coliseum, the largest indoor facility in Southeast Asia.

Araneta declined to disclose the amount that Smart would pay for having its name attached to the Araneta Coliseum for the next five years, but said that there was not much haggling nor wrangling over the terms and conditions of the landmark agreement.

It helped a great deal that Araneta has known Pangilinan since he was a student at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Araneta shared that Pangilinan’s father was the branch manager of Philippine National Bank’s Cubao branch in Araneta Center for years.

“We used to have coffee all the time in the office,” said Araneta.



That long history eased the flow of negotiations, and Araneta said it was just “purely coincidental” that the coming to the Philippines of the constellation of NBA stars coincided with the conclusion of the naming rights talks.

There could not be a better way to mark the new chapter in the coliseum’s long history.

“It was a good omen of things to come,” Araneta added.

And there are many changes expected to come out of the pipeline.

The Big Dome will undergo a major facelift to further enhance the viewing experience of its hordes of frequent visitors.

Araneta cited the plan to establish the country’s first “green parking facility” beside the coliseum that will accommodate 2,000 vehicles.

This parking facility will provide direct access to the Upper Box and indirect access to Patron and Lower Box areas. It will also have escalators to the General Admission section.



The “green” element will be provided by the carbon monoxide absorbing plants to be installed on its facade, which was designed to allow natural ventilation within the structure. There will also be a park on the top floor of the parking building.

He also disclosed that the Araneta Group had contracted artists from the University of the Philippines—Araneta’s alma mater—to interpret their take on certain events in Philippine history on the Coliseum’s concourse.

“The artwork will cover the history of the Philippines from the coming of Magellan. We are scheduled to unveil the artwork on June 12, 2012,” Araneta said.

And yes, the coliseum seats will also be improved. Brand-new chairs complete with cup holders will replace all of the Big Dome’s 20,000 seats.

Escalators will also be installed to transport the audience to their respective sections. Modern toilet facilities and additional rest rooms will be put in place to accommodate the huge crowds that fill the Coliseum 267 days a year.

But the Araneta group said in a statement that perhaps the most significant change to be brought about by the Big Dome’s renovation is the “celebrity” experience.

Private VIP boxes to be called “Virtual Boxes” will provide VIP seating. The VIPs will get access to top-class food and beverage options as well as catered fare.

To keep up with the times, free Wi-Fi access will be available for concert goers who wish to tweet their experience while in the coliseum.

VIP services will also include access to a plush lounge cum sports bar where special guests can relax before or after shows. A dedicated concierge will be on call for the guests.



Lounge guests will also get the rare chance to meet and greet their favorite performers.

The improvement of safety features also figured highly in the renovation plan. An enhanced fire protection system will be put into place to ensure the safety of every guest. There will be more production and dressing rooms for promoters and artists at the back of house.

Beyond the gates, giant LED walls will display show schedules and other video materials.

Outside the Coliseum, hotels will be constructed to house businessmen, local tourists and visiting performers and there will be a center-wide refurbishing of lighting facilities and street signs to brighten up the center of commerce and entertainment.

All of these positive developments combine to make Araneta look to the future of the Coliseum and the Araneta Center with confidence.

For the patriarch of the Araneta Group, the best is yet to come
 

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First the Araneta Coliseum gets a brand-new scoreboard, now it gets a major renovation?

* Carbon monoxide absorbing plants to be installed on facade (if they get rid of the gaudy-looking blue/yellow exterior)
* Replacement of all 14,700 seats
* Installation of elevators and additional restrooms
* Installation of VIP boxes
* Several other features described in the report that I couldn't get on this list.


But what's the deal with the glass structure in the new render?

Also hope the green parking facility will be multistory car park and not a wasteful parking lot.
 
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