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PBA to hold games without fans for now

January 26, 2022 - Wednesday 1:01 PM by GDM

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The PBA plans to resume the 2021 Governors' Cup without any fans in attendance for the meantime.

With the COVID-19 cases in the country still high, league commissioner Willie Marcial said that spectators would most likely be barred from entering the venue.

Marcial bared that the league is coordinating with the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Mall of Asia Arena, and the Ynares Sports Arena.

"Sa akin, kung papayagan tayo [audience], mas okay. Pero sa tingin ko, a couple of weeks, wala munang audience,” said Marcial.

The league held games with limited fans in Smart Araneta Coliseum back in December after Metro Manila was downgraded to Alert Level 2.

However, PBA suspended the Governors' Cup entering 2022 as the national government placed the National Capital Region and its nearby province to Alert Level 3.

Marcial said that the league is waiting for the go-signal from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and concerned LGUs to resize scrimmages.

The PBA has earlier gained the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), provided that the league will follow a home-venue-home set-up for all teams.

"Inaprubahan naman na tayo ng GAB to do the scrimmages and official games. Ang hinihintay ko na lang ang LGUs. Sa LGU, humingi din ako tulong kay Chairman Abalos kasi ‘yung practices, anim na cities ‘yun na magpa-paalam,” said Marcial.