If you were at the Araneta Coliseum to witness Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Alaska, you are now part of history.
Araneta Coliseum Officer in Charge Atty. Allan Gabor told pba.ph that the 23,436 fans that trooped to the Big Dome Sunday night is the biggest basketball crowd ever in the 53-year history of the country’s biggest arena.
“UAAP, NCAA or any basketball event, yan po ang pinakamalaki,” said Gabor, who had to go through the coliseum’s archive to provide the details.
The soft-spoken coliseum official, however, declared that the Flash Elorde – Harold Gomes fight that served as the coliseum’s inaugural event in March 16, 1960 is still the topnotcher in terms of crowd draw.
“Hindi mo rin naman kasi pwedeng i-compare yung basketball at boxing event. Kasi sa boxing, pwede mo pang lagyan ng extra seats sa floor. Hindi pwede gawin sa basketball yun,” Gabor said.
Gabor, however, denied earlier reports that the Elorde-Gomes fight attracted close to 40,000 spectators.
The PBA also holds the second biggest basketball crowd tabbed at 23,108, which was record just last May 8 with the explosive Commissioner’s Cup semifinal doubleheader.
The league is also expected to break all existing records in terms of gate receipts and television ratings with the just-concluded mid-season tourney. (SBadua)