Record crowd shows up for Game 5 of PBA Finals

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 17 2022 10:15 PM

Over 18,000 fans watched on Easter Sunday as Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra triumphed anew over the Meralco Bolts. PBA Media Bureau.
Over 18,000 fans watched on Easter Sunday as Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra triumphed anew over the Meralco Bolts. PBA Media Bureau

MANILA - For the second straight game, the PBA set a new attendance record during the pandemic era of Philippine sports.

A total of 18,251 fans watched Game 5 of the 2021 PBA Governors' Cup Finals between Barangay Ginebra and the Meralco Bolts at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Easter Sunday.

It's the biggest crowd in a sporting event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, which saw games played behind closed doors for almost two years before leagues began to gradually open up.

Ginebra won the game, 115-110, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Finals series.

Last April 13, a total of 17,298 fans attended Game 4 of the series, also at the Big Dome. The Gin Kings also won that game, 95-84.

That gate attendance broke the record previously set by the Premier Volleyball League, which saw a crowd of 16,687 fans during their playoff games on April 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

With the government easing restrictions, sporting events have slowly but surely opened up to live audiences again.

Last April 12, the UAAP welcomed a crowd of 11,124 fans for the rivalry game between the Ateneo de Manila University and the De La Salle University.

Game 6 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals is still at the Big Dome on Wednesday, with another capacity crowd expected to watch as the Gin Kings look to wrap up the series.