10 Facts About Araneta Coliseum


Araneta Coliseum, currently known by naming rights sponsorship as Smart Araneta Coliseum, is an indoor multi-purpose sports arena that is part of the Araneta City in the Cubao area of Quezon City, Philippines.

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In 1952, J Amado Araneta, a member of the Araneta family, purchased from Radio Corporation of America 35 hectares of land in Cubao which includes the Araneta family home and is bounded by Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue or EDSA, Aurora Boulevard, P Tuazon and 15th Avenue.

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Araneta Coliseum was constructed from 1957 to late 1959, and designed and built by Architect Dominador Lacson Lugtu and Engineer Leonardo Onjunco Lugtu.

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From 1960 to 1963, the Coliseum received international recognition and was recognized as the largest covered coliseum in the world.

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Araneta Coliseum opened on March 16,1960, with Gabriel "Flash" Elorde boxing for the World Junior Lightweight crown against Harold Gomes.

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Araneta Coliseum will be one of the venues for the upcoming 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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Araneta Coliseum housed K-pop artists like Super Junior's Super Show-the first Korean to perform in the arena, 2NE1, SS501, CNBLUE, Beast and EXO.

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Araneta Coliseum was home to the annual ABS-CBN Christmas special from 2008 to 2013 and from 2015 to 2019, which is typically held during the early weekdays of the second week of December.

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Araneta Coliseum has hosted the A Song of Praise Music Festival Grand Finals Night from 2012 to 2017, and the Wish 107.

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Araneta Coliseum was used as a Mega Vaccination Center for the rollout of the Quezon City Vaccination Drive against the COVID-19 pandemic, capable of vaccinating 1,000 to 1,500 people daily.

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