Smart Araneta Coliseum

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Araneta Coliseum
Araneta Coleseum in Cubao
Location Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Opened March 16, 1960
Owner Progressive Development Corporation
Operator United Promotions, Inc. (Uniprom)
16,500 maximum
15,983 Boxing
15,657 CenterStage
14,775 Basketball
10,638 Cockpit
9,679 Concert
9,052 Ice Show

The Smart Araneta Coliseum is the largest indoor facility in Southeast Asia, with a dome diameter of 108 meters. It is located in Cubao, Quezon City. Nicknamed "The Big Dome" and formerly named as the Araneta Coliseum, it hosts major and international sporting and entertainment events in the Philippines.



In 1952, J. Amado Araneta, a business tycoon, purchased a 35-hectare Cubao property that is now the Araneta Center from Radio Corporation of America (RCA). The property which includes the Araneta family home is bounded by Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue, Aurora Boulevard, P. Tuazon and 15th Avenue. It is the centerpiece of the Araneta Center, offering a one-stop shopping, dining and entertainment experience.

The Araneta family was once the wealthiest family in Asia. The family is very small and is not extended, it is also well known to be "Asian royalty".

Construction of the Araneta Coliseum was started in 1957 and finished in late 1959. In 1960 to 1963, the Coliseum received international recognition as the "Biggest covered coliseum in the world". Even today, it still remains as one of the largest clear span dome in the world and the largest indoor facility in Southeast Asia with a dome diameter of 108 meters. It occupies a total land area of almost 40,000 square metres and has a floor area or 2,300 square metres.

The coliseum opened on March 16, 1960, with Gabriel "Flash" Elorde boxing for the World Junior Lightweight crown from American Harold Gomes. More than 33,000 spectators watched the contest. General admission then was 80 centavos and reserve section was five pesos.

Throughout the years, the Araneta Coliseum management adheres to the commitment of J. Amado Araneta to provide the Filipino people with the best entertainment at the lowest admission possible. Some of the most remembered performances were the "Thrilla in Manila" which was the Ali-Frazier World Heavyweight Championship Fight, the Philippine Basketball Association Games, R2K Concert by Regine Velasquez and annually, the Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant.

In 1999, the coliseum underwent its first major renovation at a cost of P200 million. In July 2011, Areneta Coliseum was renamed as Smart Araneta Coliseum after a naming rights deal between the Aranetas and Smart Communications, Inc..

Notable events at the Araneta Coliseum

Sports events

Purefoods vs. Red Bull during the 2006 PBA Finals at the Big Dome.
  • PBA: elimination round (selected games), Playoffs (selected games), PBA Finals
  • UAAP Basketball: Opening Ceremonies, Regular Season (selected games), Cheerdance Competition, Final Four and UAAP Finals
  • NCAA Basketball: Opening Ceremonies, Cheerdance Competition, NCAA Finals
  • Thrilla in Manila
  • Mano a Mano: Pacquiao vs Larios
  • Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend: Smart All-stars (National Basketball Association selection which included Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, among others) vs Philippine Basketball Association All-stars (led by Arwind Santos, James Yap, and Mark Caguioa, among others); and Smart All-stars vs the Smart Gilas national team

Entertainment events

Famous performers

A stroll at the Upper Box corridor reveals the famous people who have performed at the Big Dome.

  • Roxette
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Disney on Ice
  • 1978 Washington Bullets
  • Magic Johnson
  • Shaquille O'Neal
  • Kobe Bryant
  • WWE Superstars
  • The Corrs
  • 98 Degrees
  • Alicia Keys
  • Mandy Moore
  • Michael Buble
  • Debbie Gibson
  • Beach Boys
  • Vanilla Ice
  • MC Hammer
  • 50 Cent
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Ja Rule
  • 2006 WWE RAW Superstars
  • Darryl Dawkins
  • Dennis Rodman
  • Sidney Moncrief
  • Alex English
  • Harlem Globetrotters
  • Paul Anka
  • Dwight Howard
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • The Pussycat Dolls
  • 2006 WWE SMACKDOWN! Superstars
  • INXS
  • Westlife
  • Thalia Sodi
  • Brian McKnight
  • Regine Velasquez
  • Manny Pacquiao
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Taylor Dayne


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