PBA looking to open second conference on November 28 with fans back in playing venue

It’s the season of giving and the PBA are gearing up for a possible return of a live audience by the second conference.

Top officials of the PBA are optimistic that they will secure the approval of the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) to bring back the fans in live games with the declining trend of COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR).

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial bared that they will bring out their proposals to the IATF and is hopeful that the same policies the agency allowed on cinemas will most likely be applied to them.

“Idudulog natin lahat sa IATF. We’ll coordinate with them everything. Malamang nyan kung ano ang pinayagan nila sa movie houses, yun din ang ibibigay sa atin. And we’re ready to follow,” Marcial told.

Chairman Ricky Vargas is also jubilant to the possible return of live crowd as he expressed nothing but positive outlooks ahead of the import-laden conference.

“We’re excited about the second conference. It’s going to be a conference with imports, and we’re looking forward to having our fans back. Yan ang pangarap namin. It’s been two years. We’re looking forward to having them again as part of our tournament,” said Vargas who is also the TNT Tropang Giga governor.

After, and if, all the reinforcements of the teams arrive on time, the league’s Governor’s Cup is set to kick off on November 28.

“We’re back and we hope to come back stronger in the second conference. We started from zero, then we’re able to hold one conference, and we’re looking at a second conference this season hopefully with the fans inside the playing venue,” Vargas added.

Marcial vowed to make up for almost a two-year absence of live fans in attendance with desirable treats especially on Christmas Day.

“Pasasayahin natin ang crowd, ang PBA fans. Meron na tayong pinagiisipang mga promos, including libreng tickets sa venue,” the soft-spoken PBA official expressed.

Furthermore, Vargas envisions a jam-packed venue on the opening week of the Governor’s Cup as a celebration for the return of fans in PBA games.

“Gusto ko sana sa opening, pwede na ang fans, at pupunuin ko yan. It’s a joyous occasion for us to get the fans to watch the PBA games again,” he added.

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