Araneta Coliseum Basketball with Big Cube 2011
The Smart Araneta Coliseum, known as The Big Dome, is an indoor multi-purpose sports arena located in the Cubao area of Quezon City, Philippines. It is the one of the largest coliseums and indoor facilities in Asia, and with one of the largest clear span domes in the world.
Its basketball league tenants include the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, and the Philippine Basketball Association.
Araneta Coliseum was renowned as the world's largest covered dome in the 60s, which towers 220 feet with a seating capacity of 36,000. It has a total land area of 185,000 sq. ft. and a diameter of 367 feet. The coliseum has staged various shows from the moment it captured the Philippines' first post-war world boxing title by the legendary Gabriel "Flash" Elorde. It also presented the classic "Fight of a Lifetime" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frasier in 1976. Also worth mentioning are the countless beauty pageants and basketball tournaments of national and international tones plus local shows ranging from musical concerts to athletic events.
Notable events at the Araneta Coliseum
- 1960 Gabriel Elorde vs. Harold Gomes
- 1975 Thrilla in Manila
- 1978 World Basketball Championship
- 2006 Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar Larios
- 2007 Philippines World Pool Championship
- 2009 The Flash and The Furious
- 2011 Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend
- PBA Basketball: elimination round (selected games), Playoffs (selected games), PBA Finals
- UAAP Basketball: Opening Ceremonies, Regular Season (selected games), UAAP Cheerdance Competition, Final Four and UAAP Finals
- NCAA Basketball: Opening Ceremonies, NCAA Semi-Finals and NCAA Finals
- Binibining Pilipinas (annually)
FAMAS Awards of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences:
- The 11th FAMAS Awards on April 14, 1963
- The 34th FAMAS Awards on May 18, 1986
Where to stay
Here is the list of some of the accommodations that can be found around the city of Quezon. It offers good services and comfortable rooms for all visitors.
- Imperial Palace Suites - Timog Avenue Corner Tomas Morato Avenue, 1103 Quezon City
- Torre Venezia Hotel - 170 Timog Avenue cor Scout Santiago St.,, 1100 Quezon City
- Dangay Suites - 99-A Dangay Street, 1105 Quezon City
- Eurotel Araneta Center, Cubao - General Araneta Corner General Roxas Streets, 1109 Quezon City
- The Sulo Riviera Hotel - Matalino Road, Diliman, Quezon City
- Sir William's Hotel - 39 Timog Avenue, 1103 Quezon City
- Lemon Tree Inn - 18 Scout Magbanua Street near corner of Quezon Avenue, Barangay Paligsahan,, 1103 Quezon City
- Robbinsdale Residences - # 14 Araneta Ave. corner Palanza St., 1113 Quezon City
- Mezza Residences Condote - Aurora Boulevard Corner Araneta Avenue, Guirayan Street, Barangay Dona Imelda, 1000 Quezon City
- La Breza Hotel - Mother Ignacia St., 7876 Quezon City
- Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila - Ortigas Avenue corner ADB Avenue, 1100 Quezon City
- Eastwood Richmonde Hotel - 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, 1110 Quezon City
- Stone House Bed and Breakfast Quezon City - 1315 E. Rodriguez Avenue, 1100 Quezon City
- Fersal Hotel - Annapolis - 49 Annapolis Street, Cubao, 1100 Quezon City
- The Oracle Hotel - 317 Katipunan Avenue, 1600 Quezon City
Getting around the city
Public transportation within the city, like in most of the urban areas in the Philippines, is facilitated mostly using inexpensive jeepneys and buses. Tricycles give access to more secluded areas, while taxi cabs are available to navigate any course.
This City has 3 Circumferential Roads. The following are:
- C-3: Sgt. Emilio Rivera Avenue and Araneta Avenue
- C-4: Epifanio de los Santos Avenue or EDSA
- C-5: Mindanao Avenue, Tandang Sora Avenue, Congressional Avenue Extension, Katipunan Avenue and E. Rodriguez Avenue
Currently, two elevated light rail systems and one heavy rail system run through Quezon City: LRT 1 – at EDSA (C-4) connecting North Avenue and Baclaran (Manila) LRT 2 – at Aurora Boulevard (R-6) connecting Santolan (Pasig City) and C.M.Recto Avenue (Manila), and MRT 3 – at EDSA (C-4) from Taft Avenue (R-2 in Pasay City) to North Avenue.
An elevated rail transit system (MRT-4) that was supposed to follow the general alignment of Quezon and Commonwealth Avenues (R-7) was shelved. In its place, a 22 kilometer rail system will be built. The MRT-7 project will commence at North Avenue, connecting the MRT-3 at its northern terminus. It will then go through Commonwealth Avenue, then through Regalado, Quirino Highway, ending in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. The system has a proposed spur line to connect itself to MRT-2 in Katipunan, passing through the University of the Philippines Diliman and Katipunan Avenue.
The following elevated railway stations in the city (Only 13 Stations):
- MRT-3 (with 5 Stations):
- North Avenue- (Connected to LRT-1 Yellow Line)
- Quezon Avenue
- Araneta Center-Cubao- (Connected to LRT-2 Purple Line)
- LRT-2 (with 5 Stations):
- Betty Go-Belmonte
- Araneta Center-Cubao- (Connected to MRT-3 Blue Line)
- LRT-1 (with 3 Stations)
- North Avenue- (Connected to MRT-3 Blue Line)