Coca-Cola Arena to host the first competitive Philippines Basketball Association match this weekend

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Coca-Cola Arena to host the first competitive Philippines Basketball Association match this weekend

It’s been a roaring start to life in Dubai for the Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai’s new, indoor 17,000-capacity multi-purpose arena based in City Walk. It hosted global comedy superstar Russell Peters on opening night back in June, Cali-rockers Maroon 5 for a sold-out show, followed by The 1975 and Westlife in August.

And, having most recently welcomed famed motivational speaker Tony Robbins most recently, the first sporting event in the Coca-Cola Arena’s history is coming this weekend – with the arena showcasing its versatility with the arrival of the PBA.

The world’s second-most watched professional basketball league (behind only the NBA), three of the top teams from the Philippines Basketball League will be lighting up the arena on Thursday October 3 and Friday October 4.

Now in its 44th year, the Philippines Basketball Association is the second-oldest league in existence, behind the NBA, and is the country’s most popular sport – having seen a three-fold increase in viewers this season across the country. It’s now as popular as ever, with 15 teams battling it out across the country every season in a variety of competitions and formats.

Coca-Cola Arena will be put to the test when the PBA hosts two days and nights of matches, in what will be the league’s first official matches to ever take place in the Middle East. In what will be the arena’s first-ever sporting event will see the biggest names from the association, including PBA star and five-time MVP, June Mar Fajardo come to town.

Two matches will take place across the two days, with various warm-ups, competitions, games, shoot-arounds and more taking place in the build-up.

The first match on Friday will see the San Miguel Beermen take on NLEX Road Warriors, with tip-off at 8pm – and that’s when you’ll see Fajardo square off against NLEX skipper Keifer Ravena.

Then on Saturday, NLEX will play again, when they’ll be pitted against Barangay Ginebra – who’ve got a big local following here in Dubai, from 4.30pm onwards, and tip-off at 6pm.

And tickets are wildly affordable for the two days of action, too. The cheapest tickets start at just Dhs100, floor seats for Dhs200 and there are VIP options too if you really fancy pushing the boat out.

Don’t miss the chance to see one of the most popular basketball leagues in the world come to Dubai.

Fixtures:

Friday 4th October
Doors Open:
6.30pm
Game: 8pm – SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN v NLEX ROAD WARRIORS
Venue: Coca-Cola Arena
Buy tickets at coca-cola-arena.com or from the Coca-Cola Arena Box Office between 9am and 6pm on Thursday 3rd October. Visit www.coca-cola-arena.com for all event details.

Saturday 5th
Doors Open:
4.30pm
Game: 6pm –  NLEX ROAD WARRIORS v BARANGAY GINEBRA
Venue: Coca-Cola Arena
Buy tickets at coca-cola-arena.com or from the Coca-Cola Arena Box Office between 9am and 6pm on Thursday 3rd October. Visit www.coca-cola-arena.com for all event details.

Tickets for both matches are available at www.800tickets.com or www.coca-cola-arena.com, or at the Coca-Cola Arena Box Office between 9am and 6pm on Thursday October 3.

From Dhs100. Oct 4-5, times vary. Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, www.800tickets.com.

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