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Guiao: MOA Arena among world’s best basketball venues

InterAKTV/Mikkel Bolante

Multi-titled PBA coach Yeng Guiao has been to some of the world’s best international basketball venues.

“I’ve seen a lot of international standard venues, including the best one in Japan,” Guiao told InterAKTV in a telephone interview.

On Monday, his Rain or Shine Elasto Painters squad got their first look at the well-publicized Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Guiao now believes the MOA Arena is right up there with the best that he’s seen.

Guiao’s team had a scrimmage on Monday during the dry run made by the PBA in preparation for a scheduled July 7 match in the semifinal round of the Governors Cup. The MOA Arena is one of the PBA’s alternative venues in case the SMART-Araneta Coliseum won’t be available.

“It’s a playable and very comfortable playing venue. Locker rooms are clean. Maganda rin yung sahig. I think it lives up to the international standard quality,” said Guiao.

PBA operations manager Rickie Santos said they’ve previously inspected the MOA Arena, but that doing a dry run was necessary.

“That is to familiarize our staff and technical people,” said Santos. “Alam nila kung ano yung mga buttons or switch na pipindutin and alam rin nila saan papasok yung mga tao sa mga designated entries and exit points ng venue.”

Santos qualified the venue as meeting international standards, although he did notice one small glitch.

“Seating capacity is more than 14,000. One thing that’s noticeable is the general admission area. Hanggang doon sa taas, may kanya kanyang silya yung mga manonood,” said Santos. “State of the art talaga yung venue, flooring, shot clock and others.”

“The only minor glitch I saw was the lighting. Mayroon kasing part na nasisilaw talaga yung players, although I expect their people na maayos yung focus nung ilaw.”

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