With more and more restrictions being eased, the country is slowly coming back to the way it used to be, specifically two years ago. 

For the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), this might also be the case as Commissioner Willie Marcial announced his intent to bring fans back into the games just in time for the opening of the Governors’ Cup on November 28. 

According to Marcial, they’ll be getting in touch with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to request approval on the matter, especially now that Metro Manila’s Alert Level has been further eased to 2. 

“The players play better and the atmosphere in the venue is energetic when there are fans,” he shared during Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) online forum on Tuesday (November 9).

“I’ve been dreaming of this for a long time,” Marcial added.

Marcial noted that the discussion with the IATF and the government will center largely on the maximum seating capacity and the protocols to be observed during matches. 

“We will sure have a game on Christmas Day so we will provide promos and free tickets for fans if the [task force] permits,” he said.

The commissioner said the conference will open at Ynares Arena, however, there’s a chance that it’ll be held in larger venues like the Araneta Coliseum and Mall of Asia Arena, specifically if people are allowed back to watch. 

“We’re looking into going back to normal for the upcoming conference,” Marcial noted. 

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