PBA to decide on bubble venue

With the ongoing preparations for the bubble setup for the resumption of the 45th season of PBA, possible venues have been announced.

/ 10 September 2020

A bubble set of play will protect the players from health risks brought by the pandemic. This model is patterned with the one NBA created at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida as announced by PBA chairman Rick Vargas.

Considered venues on the list are Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, and Angeles University Foundation in Clark Freeport Zone in Capas, Tarlac. 

PhilSports Arena, Jacinto Tiu Gym in Xavier, or the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan are also added to the list. These basketball courts are located across Pasig and Mandaluyong City.

Other locations include El Nido in Palawan, Subic, Pampanga, Batangas, and Baguio.

For overseas locations, they are also reviewing the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, where the PBA hosted two overseas games last season. 

Several hotels nearby prospect locations have already expressed their interest to house the PBA teams. 

Reports cited that it might be possible for the league to resume on October 9 but will still depend on the answer of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on their request as per PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial. 

In addition, the season might be shortened because games will be held every day.

NLEX Head Coach Yeng Guiao suggested compressing the season into two months citing considerations on mental health and the need to bring players, coaches, and other personnel back to their families before the holidays.

Different factors are also to be considered in implementing the bubble system including the financial pressure for the teams.

“There is going to be pressure financially for the teams if this goes on for a longer period of time. Not only for the teams but for PBA itself,” Vargas said.

PBA Board of Governors will convene on September 11 to further discuss the proposed bubble.