Fans will be able to attend PBA games as the league allows their virtual entry to the bubble in Clark, Pampanga starting October 15.
The PBA initially set October 19 as the date to welcome virtual fans in the bubble, using the first week of the season restart as trial run exclusive for teams' family, the league staff and the media.
But the PBA moved that date to October 15 as fans made it known they want to be part of the virtual experience, which includes getting to see their faces on the LED screens surrounding the playing court, as soon as possible.
To join, fans need to register on the links that will be posted by the PBA on its social media accounts.
Admission is on a first come, first served basis as PBA commissioner Willie Marcial previously said about only 250 virtual fans can watch per game.
If fans miss out on the virtual experience, they can still watch the games live on TV5, One Sports, PBA Rush, and Facebook.
TV5 broadcasts games on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, while One Sports and PBA Rush televise the games daily.
“By bringing back live PBA games across our various platforms on Cignal TV and TV5, we play a part in bringing the PBA’s message of inspiration, hope and resilience, and the highest-quality basketball entertainment in the country,” said Robert P. Galang, Cignal TV and TV5 president and CEO.
The double-header elimination round games are held daily at 4 pm and 6:45 pm until November 11.
It follows a single-round elimination format followed by the quarterfinals (top 4 twice-to-beat). Winners advance to a best-of-five semifinals before the best-of-seven championship. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.