MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will give special treats to its fans for the entire month of April, including discounted tickets and prizes, as part of the league's 44th anniversary celebration.
"The league is turning 44, and the fans have been with us all these years," said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.
"It will be a month of celebration, and we're offering special treats to the fans as our token of appreciation. Forty-four will be a special number in our celebration," he added.
Even as the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup heads to the playoffs, the league is slashing 44% off the prices of selected seats – upper box and gallery.
On top of that, 44 special prizes will be raffled off on all April play dates.
During the league's official anniversary celebration on April 9, lucky fans will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis – the first 44 who can present government IDs showing they were born in 1975.
Four lower box tickets will also be given to four fans born on the inaugural day of the league, April 9, 1975. It will also be on a first come, first served basis.
The PBA has also allotted 444 tickets at the Upper B section of the Smart Araneta Coliseum which will likewise be given for free to fans on a first-come-first served basis at the red gate.
"There are more. When the game count stands at 44-all in any game in April, we'll stop the game and give away gift prizes," Marcial also revealed.
The PBA was founded in 1975 as the first professional basketball league in Asia, featuring nine teams that bolted from the MICAA – the Carrier Weathermakers, Crispa Redmanizers, Mariwasa-Noritake Porcelain Makers, Presto Ice Cream, Royal Tru-Orange, Seven-Up Uncolas, Tanduay Distillery, Toyota Comets and U/Tex Weavers.
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