The PBA has announced on Tuesday that it will hold one game of the Philippine Cup Finals at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City, Quezon – a first for Asia’s oldest pay-for-pay league in four years.
As of posting, Alaska may book the first seat into the best-of-seven series should they prevail over Globalport in Game 5 on Tuesday, while Rain or Shine and San Miguel are leveled at two games apiece in their race-to-two encounter, with Game 5 set on January 13.
The city will host the game on January 22. Should both series extend beyond January 15, Game 1 will be held on January 19 at the Araneta Coliseum, while Game 2 will be held in Lucena City.
Should either one of the series extend beyond Friday, however, the best-of-seven Finals series will start on Sunday, January 17 at The Big Dome and the out-of-town matchup in Game 3.
Additionally, the league will have either Game 3 or Game 4 on Sunday, January 24, at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
It marks the first time that the league will play an out-of-town game in the best-of-seven Finals affair since Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters and the now-defunct Powerade Tigers clashed in Game 1 of the 2012 PBA Philippine Cup finals. Talk ‘N Text won 116-100.
This is the eighth location outside Metro Manila that the PBA has held a Finals game. Other cities that held a PBA Finals game include Cebu City; Ormoc, Leyte; Laoag, Ilocos Norte; Urdaneta, Pangasinan; Victorias City, Negros Occidental; Puerto Princesa, Palawan; and Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
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