Long acknowledged as the most famous venue for the best local and international concerts and the most heart-pumping sporting events, the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the country’s mecca of sports and entertainment, is deep into its Extreme Transformation.
Among the new features of the Big Dome include the Parking Garage South, located at the South Gate of the coliseum, the Grand Atrium (formerly the Green Gate), newly renovated restrooms, and new dressing areas and locker rooms for performers and athletes.
The latest in a series of extreme changes are the brand-new seats currently being installed in Upper Box B.
The seats are made from a combination of plastic mold with cushion and fabric upholstery, and mounted on customized framing. Approximately 3,900 out of more than 4,000 seats have already been installed. Installation at Upper Box B was done first for faster installation; Upper Box A and the rest of the coliseum seating will have new seats come 2013.
According to Michael Noah, Chief Operating Officer of United Promotions Inc., the new cushioned seats give comfort and class to the coliseum. “Fabric was chosen [for the seats] as an upgrade of the facility and patron comfort. Patron seating will be replaced beginning with the Elton John concert. These seats will be cushioned with a high quality vinyl covering, same as used in many NBA arenas throughout the United States.”
The new seats are only some of the big and exciting changes in the Smart Araneta Coliseum’s Extreme Transformation. When done, the Big Dome will surely reassert its status as the top venue of choice in the country.
“Dream big, anything is possible.” A striking quote from Erik Spoelstra, World Champion Coach; the first Filipino Asian-American head coach in the history of the four major American sports leagues; and now, the newest brand ambassador of Smart Infinity.
When you ask young basketball enthusiasts these days, most of them will most likely say that playing professional basketball in the world’s most popular league is THE definition of ‘living the dream’. Basketball fans who also play the sport would always choose to be on the court –running, shooting, and sweating it out to make the win.
But it takes another kind of basketball fan to choose to be on the sidelines of the court, to lead an entire team to greatness.
This is where Filipino-American Coach Erik Spoelstra stands out. He is the first Asian-American head coach in the history of the four major American sports leagues and the first to win a championship in his first four seasons.
Spoelstra grew up with a father who was closely involved in the world of professional basketball in the USA, which exposed him to the sport at a young age. In his youth, he would constantly watch his favorite basketball team and even dream of playing with them one day. Despite this dream though, he decided to take another path.
“I think at some point, in high school or college, I realized that I won’t be able to play professional basketball, and I developed a passion to get into coaching. I didn’t care at what level, either in high school or in college. At that time, I just knew I wanted to make it into a career,” beamed Spoelstra.
Knowing what he wanted and striving to realize that dream, he worked his way with perseverance and eventually landed an internship working for a professional basketball team. It has been a blessing for him ever since. Working for the past 17 years under the tutelage of the great Pat Riley was a huge contribution to who he is now, both as a person and as head coach.
Despite differences in their personalities, Spoelstra tries to embody everything he has learned from his mentor—a personality characterized by motivation, discipline and both mental and physical toughness. Today, in his sleek black suit and with a commanding stance, Spoelstra displays an image of credibility, respect, and strength. It is, without a doubt, a manifestation of dreams achieved and becoming the person that he wanted to be.
“One of the most important things I’ve learned in being the leader of this team is that you have to be able to show strength especially when it’s needed…and be an example to the team and the players. This is especially true when we’re going through some tough times and my players are confident that they can depend on me for strength and guidance throughout the game and for the whole season. Similarly, the game of basketball can teach so many of life’s most important lessons — the value of teamwork; the value of discipline; the importance of sacrifice, and playing for something bigger than yourself. This, in a nutshell, is the game of basketball and the game of life,” continued Spoelstra.
Smart Communications, the country’s leading wireless services provider, understands this very well as the company likewise believes in the same philosophy.
“Coach Spoelstra’s achievements on and off the court is really inspiring. Getting him to be Smart Infinity’s new international brand ambassador is a true testament of our continuing passion to always strive to become the best that you can be. Achieving success after all, whether it be in sports or in life, is the ultimate goal of everyone,” said Noel Lorenzana, EVP and Head of Wireless Consumer Division, Smart Communications Inc.
Undeniably, Coach Eric Spoelstra embodies the person who has aspired big and achieved it beyond expectations. With all of his successes, it goes without saying that his streak of accomplishments is not about to end just yet.
As he very aptly put it, “Dream big. There’s a great world out there and dreams can and do happen. It just requires somebody courageous enough to think out of the box, believe and know that anything and everything is possible.”
The title of this post says it all. The new & official (btw, this could be the 125th “official” website of MP) of Manny Pacquiao. But this time, it looks like, it is really THE one. It has lotsa videos, blog/news section, photo gallery & an online shop. Also posted are Ariza’s diet & workout routine for Manny Pacquiao. Cmon, Gayweathers, don’t be effin shy, check MP’s diet and site, order gears if you want.
Site is at www.mpboxing.com.
Nike has swoosh.
Adidas has stripes.
This new player in shoe market, got “SPERM”.
Yep, sperm & they are proud of it. The logo means “new life”, new technology.
Gravity Defyer is the fastest growing shoe company in America because of the proven Versoshockâ„¢ Trampoline Technology system. It’s revolutionary in the pain free/comfort shoe category. Listening to these customer testimonials allows you to see how they’ve experienced the ease of pain and renewed energy. Each shoe absorbs shock (easing joint/muscle pain) and naturally propels you forward (elevating your performance).
Their shoe technology looks impressive but the logo, they can do better. But, if they’re, um, sticking with the sperm, they might as well get Shawn Kemp as the endorser.
Check out the shoe empire here.
A brand new store concept is set to open its doors in Metro Manila this August. TITAN, the first ever basketball-dedicated retail store in the market, was designed specifically with the Filipino basketball player in mind. The store hopes to give consumers a unique and lasting experience every time they visit.
Short message from our Adidas friends…
UNLEASH YOUR INNER TIGER: BE FASTER, LIGHTER AND STRONGER WITH ADIDAS
Welcome to the performance revolution. Sportswear juggernaut adidas introduces its latest active line, TECHFIT, the latest compression system that gives you effective edge on the court.
NBA COURT REVOLUTION
Be faster with TECHFIT Powerweb or Be stronger with TECHFIT Padded and revolutionize the way you play. With Powerweb, you literally elevate your game with the use ofcompression fabrics and applied TPU bands in specific areas. These supports key muscle groups and stores elastic energy to deliver explosive acceleration and endurance throughout athletic movement. On the other hand, Paddedcompression protects you from flying knees and elbows and gives you extra freedom for that crossover or slam, turning the pounded into the pounder! With the TECHFIT Team System, adidas offers a new arsenal to help you become better for your brotherhoodâ€”whether you choose more speed or more protection.
Nike to release limited edition Manny Pacquiao products in celebration of his astonishing 2.59 victory on 5.2.09
In commemoration of Manny Pacquiaoâ€™s historic win over Ricky Hatton, Nike will give Pacquiao fans a chance to own a piece of history with the limited edition 259 Pacman Knows Trainer 1 Mid shoe and Pacman Knows Tee. Both products celebrate Mannyâ€™s quick ending and astonishing knock-out time against Ricky Hatton last May 2, 2009. With only an interval time of two minutes and fifty nine seconds (2:59) the Hitman was knocked out on the canvas, adding another badge of victory to our very own Pacman.