We all love sports, whether the popular pastime basketball or the beautiful game of football. Being the sport fan that I am, I really love to watch my favorite team in the flesh because watching it on television is not the same as experiencing a dramatic game-winning buzzer beater or an unpredictable penalty shoot-out in a fully-packed state-of-the-art stadium. The good thing is that the private sector has started to invest in sports tourism in an effort to lure people to watch sporting events in world-class facilities.

The SM Group has already completed their ultramodern basketball arena inspired from the National Basketball Association's playing venues complete with LED jumbotron and interactive ribbon displays and luxurious corporate suites. I'm talking about the SM Mall of Asia Arena, perhaps the most advanced indoor arena in Southeast Asia. In a few years time, it will host important events like a 2013 NBA Preseason game, the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, or a UFC Philippines event. In response to this development, the Big Dome, or the Smart Araneta Coliseum as it is now called, has started refurbishing and improving its venue in an effort to compete with the MOA Arena.

It would be an awesome feeling to cheer on the Smart Gilas Pilipinas squad against a visiting an NBA All Star selection in an arena like that. I wonder how the atmosphere will be if you are on the luxury suite with all the pampering and service by an in-house butler while watching the game live.

Meanwhile, the Iglesia ni Kristo has started construction of the most ambitious project (not done by the government) of all time - the world's largest indoor arena - the 50,000-seater Philippine Arena. People from Bocaue, Bulacan must be happy with having the largest sporting venue in the country. I wonder if the Azkals can play their home leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in that arena. They say that it will have a retractable roof if the Philippine Arena is transformed into a football configuration. So can the Philippine Volcanoes their home games for their attempt to qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

Kudos to INC for investing on this remarkable and ground-breaking facility even though it is intended for their church events and activities. Should they open it for any Philippine teams, it would be an awesome development.

Despite all the excitement and brouhaha, Cebu has remained in the backwater. Due to the relative lack of adequate sporting venues and facilities, Cebuanos will miss the opportunity to watch games of that magnitude. Although, Cebu have already thought of the idea of having a gargantuan sporting venue way before the foundations of the MOA Arena or Philippine Arena were placed. The Cebu Megadome remained a dream not yet realized.

I think it is about time for Cebu to have its own arena, a crowning jewel of some sort. It is high time to replace the oven-hot Cebu Coliseum with a fully-airconditioned and architecturally-pleasing indoor arena like nowhere else in the province. As the SM Seaside City is being built in the South Reclamation Area and other malls and hotels sprouting up like mushrooms. The Queen City of the South should catch up with the development and it is high time for the city government to see the benefits of having a world-class facility in the heart of the metropolis.

How long will we have to wait for it?

UPDATE: Not to be outdone, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the religious group Kingdom of Jesus Christ has already laid the groundwork for the proposed 50,000-seater indoor arena KJC King Dome in Davao City. Both Bocaue and Davao will soon unveil these world-class arenas for the INC and KJC congregations. Although, Quiboloy's domed structure is intended to be a cathedral, it will be the country's largest.

If Cebu will have the country's largest shopping mall so when can we a megadome of our own?

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  1. Cebuano first? Filipino second? Tsk tsk tsk tama lang anjan ka sa Cebu.

  2. You are good bloger.Your writing queality is very nice, sports person wll really njoy ur site..


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