School year 2011-2012 has just started, but the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) is already making a leap to the future.
The oldest college basketball league in the Philippines announced yesterday, June 22, via a press conference that its upcoming 88th season will have its grand opening ceremony at the SM Mall Of Asia Arena on July 2012.
The 88th season of the NCAA will be hosted by the Colegio San Juan de Letran.
Fr. Vic Calvo, the athletic moderator for Letran, said the decision is supposed to give their players and audience a better experience as the arena boasts up to 20,000 seating capacity, which is perfect for the throng of students and supportive alumni who will be watching the major games.
An escalator service for patron ticket holders, special seats for persons with disabilities, and four dugouts for the teams are just some of SM MOA Arena's added features.
Furthermore, for an exclusive viewing experience, VIP rooms will also be available for lease .
THE TICKETS. For the league's 87th season, ticket sales for all NCAA games will be conducted by SM Tickets.
According to Mr. Mike del Mundo, athletic moderator of the University of Perpetual Help Systems-DALTA (the current season's host school), this is part of NCAA's effort to be more environment-friendly.
He cited that in the past, a lot of unsold tickets (which were made of paper) were turned into waste. But this time, there will be no trash because SM Ticket's modern ticket-selling system uses mobile and online technologies.
While SM will start selling the tickets for NCAA this 2011, the league's major games and events, including the opening ceremony this July 2, will still be held at the Araneta Center. Other games are also scheduled at the San Juan Arena.
SM MOA ARENA. At present, the future venue is still under construction and won't be open until May 2012.
But aside from NCAA games, Mr. Edgar Tejerero—president of West Avenue Theaters Corporation, which is in charge of the SM MOA Arena— announced that it will also house the concerts of foreign and local acts, plus, other major events.
He revealed that one of the goals is to bring in foreign artists and bands that have never been to the Philippines.
In the long run, they are also hoping to become the choice venue of foreign acts which will be performing in the Asian region.
Also, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was told that the first artist to hold a concert at the SM MOA Arena next year will be a popular international female singer.
Who could it be? They're keeping us guessing for the suspense!