Pineda welcomes PBA ‘bubble’ to Clark: ‘Expect our help, hospitality’
Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda on Friday welcomed the expected arrival of players from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) as they prepare for the resumption of its truncated 45th season in a bubble format.
“Asahan nyo po ang tulong at hospitality naming mga Kapampangan habang kayo ay nasa Clark at Angeles City simula Sept. 27,” the governor said on his Facebook page.
He punctuated his post with hashtages “#PBABubble” and “#SafePBA.”
Pineda also thanked the Philippine Basketball Association Board of Governors for choosing Clark Freeport and Angeles City as the venue of their 45th season.
“Sana po ay pumayag ang IATF sa inyong plano,” he said, acknowledging that the setup is still pending approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
“Tiyak ko po na nabuhayan ng loob ang mga basketball fans sa gitna ng lungkot na dala ng Covid-19 pandemic. Sana stay put sila sa bahay para iwas sakit sila,” Pineda said.
The PBA announced Thursday that it will be holding its own bubble in Clark, Pampanga in order to resume its truncated 45th season.
The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) gym in Angeles City, which was used in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last year, will serve as the venue for the official games.
The league will be using a full bubble format, with players and crew staying in a particular venue, in this case the Quest Hotel in Mimosa, and being transported to the practice facility and playing area.
Pending approval from IATF, teams will start scrimmages on Sept. 27. Two games will be played daily, seven days a week.
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