No less than 23,108 fans trooped to the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on a Wednesday to witness the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals doubleheader featuring San Mig Coffee versus Alaska and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel versus Talk ‘N Text.
The mammoth crowd set a new attendance record for basketball games at the Big Dome.
It broke the record of 22,902 previously set on August 24, 2008 during Game Seven of the Fiesta Conference finals between Ginebra and Air 21.
“Last night’s highest recorded attendance speaks to the fans’ trust and belief in the PBA’s genuine pursuit of excellence. Records are meant to be broken. They are there precisely to serve as benchmarks, as an inspiration and a challenge to build on the legacy left by those who nurtured the league the past 37 years,” said PBA commissioner Chito Salud in a statement.
“I am extremely proud of our players, the team owners and club management for refusing to rest on laurels and for continuing to work believing that for the PBA, the best is yet to come. Our fans and our valued partners in media — as evidenced by their unwavering support and guidance — share this belief and we in the PBA cannot let them down. Congratulations to everyone who made this happen. ”
According to Chot Reyes, the head of Sports5 that broadcasts the PBA games, it spoke to the quality of the games.
“This is a testament to how good the competition is,” Reyes told InterAKTV in an exclusive interview. “Obviously, commendation should be given to the PBA under the leadership of Salud for coming up with good measures to make games exciting.”
But Reyes noted that the network also had a hand in building up excitement for the games.
“I would also like to commend Sports 5/AKTV for doing its job efficiently. If you noticed, we’ve come up with different camera angles/shots and we hope we can continue doing that in the succeeding games,” said Reyes.