SM Mall of Asia Arena
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LocationMOA Complex, Jose W. Diokno Boulevard cor. Coral Way and Marina Way, Bay City, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
Coordinates14°31′55″N 120°59′1″E / 14.53194°N 120.98361°E / 14.53194; 120.98361
Public transitBus rapid transit  E  SM Mall of Asia
Bus interchange SM Mall of Asia
Ferry transport Esplanade Seaside Terminal
SM Mall of Asia Transport Terminal
OwnerSM Lifestyle Entertainment
OperatorSM Tickets
TypeIndoor arena
Executive suites41[3]
Capacity20,000
Record attendance23,616 (2015–16 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, February 3, 2016)[4]
ScoreboardDaktronics Galaxy 4-side JumboTron with Daktronics All-Sport 5000 Series
Construction
Broke ground2010
OpenedMay 21, 2012 (2012-05-21)
Construction cost₱3.6 billion
ArchitectArquitectonica
Project managerJose Siao Ling & Associates[1]
General contractorMonolith Construction and Development Corp[2]
Tenants
PBA (2012–present)
UAAP (2012–present)
NCAA (2012–2019, 2023–present)
PVL (2014–present)
Philippine Mavericks (2014–15)
SM NBTC (2015–present)
Website
http://mallofasia-arena.com

The SM Mall of Asia Arena, also known as the Mall of Asia Arena or the MoA Arena, is an indoor arena within the SM Mall of Asia complex, in Bay City, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines. It has a seating capacity of 15,000 for sporting events, and a full house capacity of 20,000.[5] The Arena officially opened on May 21, 2012. It has retractable seats and a 2,000-capacity car park building. The Arena has a total area of 64,000 m2 (690,000 sq ft).[6]

The SM Mall of Asia Arena is the alternate venue of the Philippine Basketball Association when the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City is unavailable.[7][8] The arena is also one of the main venues for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.[9][10]

History

The construction of the SM Mall of Asia Arena began in 2010,[11] and costed around ₱3.6 billion.[12] The venue is part of the master plan for the SM Mall of Asia complex which in 2012 already had the SMX Convention Center and the One E-com and Two E-com office buildings.[13]

The arena had its topping-off ceremony in September 2011[14] and was opened about two years later after it broke ground. The first public event hosted at the indoor arena was the two-night Born This Way Ball concert of Lady Gaga which began on May 21, 2012.[15] A separate event was held as part of the grand opening ceremony of the indoor arena held on June 16, 2012; the Icons at the Arena: Masters of OPM which featured various local musicians and singers which was organized by Star Events of ABS-CBN, directed by Johnny Manahan with Ryan Cayabyab as the concert's musical director.[16]

The arena was refurbished ahead of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[17][18]

Architecture and design

Mall of Asia Arena Annex Building (left) standing next to the SM Mall of Asia Arena (right)

The SM Mall of Asia Arena was designed by architecture firm Arquitectonica.[19] The facility was intended primarily as a venue for concerts and basketball games but can be reconfigured to accommodate other sporting and entertainment events as well.[20] It has a seating capacity of 15,000 but can host as much as 20,000 people in a full-house capacity.[12]

The indoor arena stands on a 16,000 m2 (170,000 sq ft) site, and has a floor area of 52,000 m2 (560,000 sq ft). The limited area of the site meant that part of the building to span over the adjacent Pacific Drive. Due to a high water table, the construction of basement parking levels was limited and a separate eight-storey parking building called Mall of Asia Arena Annex (MAAX) which can accommodate 1,400 vehicles had to be built. The façade of the building are covered with low-e coated and fritted insulated glass units.[20]

The structure hosting the events space was designed in a form of an eye which was supported by a slanted podium plinth.[20]

The venue uses NBA-specification shot clocks, with Daktronics BB-2140 and BB-2141 shot clocks (used by the NBA along with models from OES until the 2016–17 NBA season due to the NBA using Tissot ones) that count tenths in the final five seconds, though recently it has been stretched to the final nine seconds.

Facilities

The indoor arena hosts the Premiere Suites which is reportedly the first luxury box in Southeast Asia. The luxury box has a total of 41 suites.[21] A private restaurant, the Premiere Café + Lounge, serves patrons of the luxury box.[22]

Notable events

Entertainment events

Main article: List of entertainment events at the SM Mall of Asia complex § SM Mall of Asia Arena

The arena had hosted various entertainment events since its opening in 2012, from music concerts of local and international artists, beauty pageant ceremonies, to different functions for the country's biggest entertainment companies.

On February 22, 2015, ABS-CBN's ASAP celebrated their 20th Anniversary celebration at the arena. Months later, on July 26, 2015, GMA Network celebrated its 65th anniversary through a fans' day entitled "Thank You, Kapuso!" at the arena. Since 2016, the arena has also hosted Disney on Ice productions every December, except on years that were restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.[23]

Music concerts

Lady Gaga held the first concerts at the arena, selling out her two-night Born This Way Ball tour on May 21–22, 2012.[24] Regine Velasquez was the first Filipino artist to stage a solo concert; she is also the only Filipino artist to stage a two-night, sold-out solo concert at the arena and has performed more times than any other artist. Several other international artists have performed at the arena.

In 2015, Darren Espanto became the youngest artist to hold a solo show at the arena at age 14.[25] During its time, Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour concerts on February 24–25, 2016 were the most expensive concerts in the Philippines with ticket costs ranging from ₱3,150 to ₱57,750 per person.[26] One Ok Rock was the first Japanese artist to headline a show in the arena, while EXO was the first Korean artist to stage a two-day sold-out concert series in the arena, followed by other K-pop groups such as Big Bang, Blackpink, 2NE1, Winner, iKON, AKMU, Treasure and Twice.

Celine Dion, who performed at the arena on July 19 and 20, 2018, as part of her Celine Dion Live 2018 tour, is the venue's highest-grossing female artist with nearly $4,000,000 between the two shows.[citation needed]

Pageants

The arena hosted the third and fourth edition of the Miss Universe Philippines pageant, on April 30, 2022 and May 13, 2023 respectively.[27][28] Additionally, Eat Bulaga!'s grand coronation day of Miss Millennial Philippines 2017 was also held at the arena on September 30, 2017.

Two of the Big Four international beauty pageants have been held in the arena— Miss Earth and Miss Universe.[29][30][31]

Basketball

The SM Mall of Asia Arena during the Season 82 UAAP basketball finals in 2019

The SM Mall of Asia Arena serves as one of the playing venues of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines), and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

The SM Mall of Asia Arena during a 2019 Southeast Asian Games match between the Philippines and Myanmar

The arena hosted Tanduay Alab Pilipinas' first game of the 2017–18 ABL season. It was the first time that Alab played in an arena as large as the Mall of Asia Arena, and the first ABL game in the arena.[32] The arena also hosted the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League All-Stars on March 2, 2019, where the Southern All-Stars prevailed over the Northern All-Stars, 109–84. The 2021 MPBL Invitational tournament was held at the arena from December 11–23, and the first to allow live audience since the COVID-19 pandemic in a half capacity.

The basketball tournament of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was held at the arena, the Philippines bagged the gold for both the men's and women's tournament. It was the Philippine Men's National Basketball Team's 13th consecutive gold medal.

NBA Global Games

The NBA played its first-ever Global Games in the Philippines on October 10, 2013 with a first preseason game between Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers. Rockets dominated Pacers in a 116-96 win. It is the first ever NBA game played in Southeast Asia.[33]

FIBA Asia Cup

The Philippines hosted the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship on August 1–11, 2013. The SM Mall of Asia Arena served as the main venue with the Ninoy Aquino Stadium as the second venue for the tournament. It recorded an attendance of 19,989 during the final game between the host Philippines and Iran.[34]

Olympic Qualifying Tournaments

The SM Mall of Asia Arena was one of the three main venues of the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men, which was held in the Philippines, Italy, and Serbia from July 4–10, 2016. This is the second FIBA tournament held at the arena[35][36]

FIBA Basketball World Cup

SM Mall of Asia Arena served as one of the host venues for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup which was hosted by the Philippines from August 25 to September 10, 2023, alongside co-hosts Japan and Indonesia. The arena hosted all games up to the final round of the tournament. The Mall of Asia Arena has also hosted several 2019 and 2023 World Cup qualification games.

Volleyball

The SM Mall of Asia Arena serves as one of the playing venues of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).

On March 6, 2013, the DLSU Lady Spikers became the first team in any Philippine sports to celebrate the first-ever championship in the arena in front of an 18,779 crowd, when they won the UAAP women's volleyball championship.

On October 9, 2017, the Ateneo Lady Eagles and De La Salle Lady Spikers played a volleyball match, dubbed "The Battle of the Rivals", in reference to their rivalry being noted as the well known rivalry in Philippine sports. Different generations of the teams between Season 74 to Season 78 came together to play against each other, and proceeds of the game would go to each school's charity foundation, and Rebisco Foundation Inc.

Pasay City was one of the host cities for the 2023 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League preliminary round, which marked the second straight year the event was held in the Philippines. The arena hosted the pool 6 matches from July 4 to 9, 2023.[37]

Other sports

Religious events

The SM Mall of Asia Arena served as the main venue for the Encounter with the Families event, led by Pope Francis during his papal visit to the Philippines on January 16, 2015. The event was a dialogue between Pope Francis and an audience of families.[47][48] The arena also hosted Bo Sanchez's Kerygma Conference (now Feast Conference) in 2012 and annually from 2014 to 2019.[49][50][51]

The arena also hosted several events of various churches, including Victory Christian Fellowship. In 2019, the Jesus Global Youth Day was also held at the arena. In September 2022, Australian Christian worship band Planetshakers performed at the arena in their first event in the Philippines since January 2020.

On December 9, 2016, Ang Dating Daan celebrated its 36th broadcast anniversary at the arena with a Special Worldwide Bible Exposition.[52]

Other

Attendance records

One-day record for most attended event[note 1]
Type Event Attendance Date Ref.
Overall Alaska Aces vs. San Miguel Beermen
2015–16 PBA Philippine Cup Finals
23,616 February 3, 2016 [4]
Music concert iKon 2018 Continue Tour 18,000 November 11, 2018 [59]
Basketball Alaska Aces vs. San Miguel Beermen
2015–16 PBA Philippine Cup Finals
23,616 February 3, 2016 [4]

Music concerts

  1. 60,000: Planetshakers, — Greater Asia Tour: Manila/Pasay City — September 8–11, 2022 (4 days)
  2. 30,000: Itzy, The 1st World Tour "Checkmate" — January 14–15, 2023 (2 days)
  3. 23,890: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic World Tour — May 24, 2018 (2 days)
  4. 20,000: Exo Planet #5 – Exploration — August 23–24, 2019 (2 days)
  5. 18,915: Lady Gaga, Born This Way Ball — May 21–22, 2012 (2 days)
  6. 18,000: iKon 2018 Continue Tour — November 11, 2018

Notes

  1. ^ Based on available data.

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