Then, the Smart Araneta Coliseum (formerly Araneta Coliseum) thinks it is the only premier events arena in the Philippines, but now another premier events arena will arise to compete the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Mall of Asia Arena.
According to Senior vice president of West Avenue Theatre Corp., the managing arm of the Mall of Asia Arena, Mall of Asia Arena is part of the Mall of Asia master plan to have a full entertainment center that will cater entertainment events that will be integrated with their SM shopping malls since their respective SM branches host inside and outside entertainment events, thus came about the Mall of Asia Arena similar to Smart Araneta Coliseum or events centers that caters large entertainment and sport events.
“..so the next missing component is an entertainment infrastructure to accommodate a good number of people, that’s why the Mall of Asia came about..”, says Edgar Tejerero.
The first-level of Mall of Asia Arena is consist of 16,000 seats and a full house capacity of 20,000 including those standing and performers area.”…It will also be equipped with cutting-edge technology and world-class amenities..” The first level is reserve or will be home of the UAAP and the NCAA Basketball League.
The flooring of the first-level of Mall of Asia Arena is made from Robins Inc. flooring materials; spalding basketball goals;”..Daktronics Scoreboard similar to what the NBA is using.
The Arena is also consist of press rooms, meeting and greeting rooms for press conferences ,four dugouts, nine loading bays, for ingress-egress of food, container trucks,escalators,16 smoking lounges, wi-fi ready stations, PWD access lanes. It is also equipped with CCTV cameras , police desk, a clinic and a standby ambulance.
It also consist of Corporate Suites or “..private rooms with its own restroom..” sofas, mini bar, and a private gallery with cinema seats..”
In comparison to other event venues in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia, according to Tejerero.. “..that’s what really makes Mall of Asia Arena a lot different from other venues not just in the country but in Southeast Asia, because we haven’t seem a venue in Southeast Asia that has Corporate Suites similar to that on the United States..”
In competition with Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Mall of Asia Arena is located on the south so they could coexist without clashing one another’s business.
The Mall of Asia of Arena is located at Pasay city Philippines and will open its doors at May 19,2012 and will held its first entertainment show featuring Lady Gaga on May 21 and Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block on June 3.