CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga, Sept.18 (PIA) -- Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has chosen Clark as official bubble venue for the resumption of the stalled Philippine Cup of its 45th season.
In a statement, the PBA Board of Governors picked Clark due to the suitability of the Freeport to host the event in terms of safety, protocol control, proximity to hospitals and ability to take care of the mental health of players during the bubble.
Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Bases Conversion and Development Authority, expressed elation over the PBA decision.
"We express our gratitude to the Board of Governors for choosing Clark for its bubble tournament and we are eager to help the PBA to start actual on-site preparations," CDC President and CEO Noel F. Manankil said.
With PBA adopting a full bubble format, the 12 teams will be accommodated in a hotel facility inside Freeport for two months. They will then be transported to the chosen practice site for training and preparation.
Players, crew, and officials are expected to arrive on September 26, while scrimmages are scheduled to start on September 27.
Meanwhile, the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural center is being eyed as the site for the official games.
Clark has been among the preferred destinations for numerous sports-related activities and has been recognized by the Philippine Sports Tourism Awards as the "Sports Destination of the Year" for 2015 and 2018.
It has also hosted various international and local events including the 30th Southeast Asian Games last year. (CLJD-PIA 3)