The Philippines is bracing for a historic event with the scheduled hosting of the FIBA World Cup 2023 happening from from Aug. 25 to Sept. 10 at the Philippine Arena, Smart-Araneta Coliseum, and the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena.
Gilas Pilipinas will face the Dominican Republic at the Philippine Arena on Aug. 25 at 8:00 p.m., an event that is expected to draw passionate Filipino basketball fans to support the Philippine national basketball team and set an attendance record for the biggest FIBA Basketball World Cup.
This is a record currently held by the USA vs Russia finals held in Toronto, Canada in 1994.
To make sure that local fans don’t miss a beat, FIBA global partner, Smart Communications Inc., will be giving Filipino basketball fans the chance to witness and experience this historic sports event, live and exclusive.
Aside from that, Smart, in partnership with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the local organizing committee for FIBAWC 2023, will also be deploying 400 buses across Metro Manila and Clark, Pampanga to bring fans to the Philippine Arena and back for the August 25 game.
After facing the Dominican Republic, Gilas will square off against Angola on Aug. 27 before wrapping up the first round of the group phase versus Italy on Aug. 29. After these, Gilas will play at least two more games to conclude the group phase.
Fans can also get the chance to win premium tickets to the games with every purchase of the limited-edition FIBA Basketball World Cup Load Cards featuring Gilas artwork by Filipino basketball artist and advocate Mike Swift, who did the massive art tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant at the Tenement Court in Taguig City.