Mall of Asia Arena: An Architectural Eyecon
The Mall of Asia Arena, the latest and biggest venture to rise at the foremost entertainment and retail destination—the Mall of Asia complex—is figuratively and quite literally an architectural “eyecon”. Priding itself on exceptional and world-standard amenities unique in all ofSoutheast Asia, the MOA Arena shall perfect the integrated shopping and entertainment experience at the Mall of Asia complex—a commitment linked to its vision of “changing the game, elevating entertainment”.
Owned by SM Investment Corporation and managed by West Avenue Theatres Corporation, also the managing arm of SM Cinema, the MOA Arena began construction in 2010. The distinctive eye-shaped façade symbolizes the MOA Arena’s promise of delivering top-notch entertainment to its audience.
According to Mr. Edgar C. Tejerero, Senior Vice President of West Avenue Theatres Corporation, the Sy family, headed by SM Group of Companies magnate Henry Sy, Sr., is very much involved in the project. The aesthetics of the MOA Arena were thoroughly conceptualized and the details of the construction, well studied. Apart from its vision to promote local talents, Mr. Tejerero added that, with the MOA Arena in the Mall of Asia complex grounds, it is a hope thatManilawill soon become a choice promoters and tourist destination for entertainment and sporting events.
The Mall of Asia Arena houses cutting-edge facilities:
With a land area of an impressive 64,085 square meters, the MOA Arena is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and world-class facilities. The MOA Arena’s eye-shaped exterior seeks to channel the message that every single event to be held in its premises will surely be a “feast for the eye”.
The MOA Arena, with its massive all-glass façade, can accommodate a seating capacity of 15,000, with a full-house capacity of 20,000. This five-level ultramodern events venue also boasts of Robbins floorings, eight-sided, center-hung scoreboards by Daktroniks, retractable Spalding basketball goals and an LED ribbon boards—all of NBA standards. CCTV cameras will be provided by Mobotix, the same company that equips the Vatican Apostolic Library at theVaticanwith professional-grade, high-resolution security devices.
The Arena also employs the leading edge plug-and-play set-up that can enable live beaming through SM Cinema theatres nationwide.
For its patrons’ maximum convenience, the Arena is designed with 16 comfortable smoking lounges. For ease-of-access, there are 10 elevators available in the premises. 34 units of escalators are also employed, with 8 units in each of the floors. To add, special access lanes for
PWDs are also provided for.
To comply with international standards, the Arena also has four dug-outs, a mess hall for an event’s technical team, a room exclusive for press conferences and even a special area for meet-and-greet affairs.
Parking-wise, the MOA Arena has more than 2,000 parking spaces located on the south side of the mall, with an additional 1,400 more accessible at the neighboring Mall of Asia Arena Annex (MAAX) building.
The Mall of Asia Arena Corporate Suites:
The Mall of Asia Arena is the first events venue not only in the country but in the entirety of Southeast Asia to introduce corporate suites —private deluxe rooms more known as the executive or the luxury box in arenas in the United States. Located just above the lower box section, the MOA Arena Corporate Suites are furnished with its own restroom, a mini bar, comfortable furnishings and a glass-paneled viewing deck complete with plush theater seats.
31 of these suites—referred to as Premier Suites—are being leased on a long-term basis. 10 Events Suites are also available for a per-event basis lease. The Premier Suites can go for about P9 million to P12 million and entitles suite-holders season pass for all of MOA Arena’s entertainment and sporting events.
The Mall of Asia Arena hosts top acts, both of local and international distinction:
Slated to stage inaugural concert performances on May 21 and 22 by international pop phenomenon Lady Gaga, the annual collegiate sports competitions Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will also be held at the Arena with the National University Bulldogs hosting this season’s games.
In June, boy band sensations the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block will grace the Arena along with Billboard chart toppers Edwin McCaine, The Fray and Taylor Dayne, while world-renowned Cirque du Soleil will perform in August.
The Arena has SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com; (02) 470-2222) as its official ticketing arm, with customer care agents promptly available for inquiries and ticketing purchases.
MOA Arena is set for Lady Gaga
The newly built SM Mall of Asia Arena (MoA Arena) poised as one of Asia’s premiere entertainment destinations is now set for international pop superstar Lady Gaga who is coming back to wow and capture the Philippine audience yet again with her outstanding performance and music on May 21 and 22.
MoA Arena caters to world-class events from concerts from the likes of Lady Gaga, to a wide range of sports events that promote the athletic spirit. It has 20,000 full-seating capacity and more than 2,000 parking spaces located on the south side of the mall, with an additional 1,400 slots at the neighboring MoA Annex Car Park Building. All these coupled with vast offerings of food and merchandise, VIP-level services and amenities and all the comforts of an arena-type venue take MoA Arena patrons’ entertainment experience to the next level.
As its inaugural concert, MoA Arena opens its doors to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball tour that kicked off in South Korea last April 27 and is heading to Manila along with Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Taiwan. The Philippine leg of the Born This Way Ball is to be held on May 21. As this sold out and demand from concert-goers continued to rocket, Ovation productions has added one more concert date on May 22 and tickets are still up for grabs for Lady Gaga’s second show.
Tickets are priced at P15,000, P11,000, P5,000 and P2,000 and are available at all SM Tickets outlets nationwide. They can also be purchased online through http://www.smtickets.com.
BDO cardholders can rejoice even more with their special and limited offer. For MoA Arena patrons who wish to use their BDO card to buy Lady Gaga concert tickets, they only need to inform SM Tickets that they want to avail the BDO promo and they get a 12-month installment plan with 0% interest, subject to terms and conditions.
Lady Gaga is expected to perform 110 shows in 13 cities and in 33 days this year to support her Born This Way album, which sold almost six million copies worldwide.
While the Born This Way Ball will be the inaugural performance at the MoA Arena, Filipinos can expect a grander spectacle during its launch on June 16. For more details, call 470-2222 or log on to http://www.mallofasia-arena.com.