PBA postpones Game 6 after fire hits Araneta

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Posted at Apr 20 2022 02:57 PM | Updated as of Apr 20 2022 03:48 PM

Game 6 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals has been officially postponed following a fire at the Big Dome. PBA Images.
Game 6 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals has been officially postponed following a fire at the Big Dome. PBA Images.

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) The PBA has decided to postpone Game 6 of the Governors' Cup finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco after a fire broke out at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday morning.

The league announced in the afternoon that they are postponing the game "with the safety of all in mind."

Ticket holders can get a refund at the Araneta Coliseum's ticketing office.

Game 6 will instead be played at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, April 22. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

The Gin Kings have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and can clinch the championship with another win on Friday.

The Big Dome was evacuated in the midst of the grand finals of the PBA 3x3 Second Conference, after smoke reached the playing area.

The PBA is still working on a possible venue for Game 7, should Meralco force a decider. They are also set to discuss a new date and venue for the continuation of the grand finals of the PBA 3x3, according to commissioner Willie Marcial.

"As of now, maski na maalis natin ang usok, after an hour or two, delikado pa rin," said Marcial. "Delikado sa mga fans, delikado sa mga players, delikado sa atin. Pasensiya na po, hindi po natin kagustuhan 'to. Ito ay para sa safety po ng karamihan, sa ating lahat. Sa mga players, sa coaches, lalo sa mga fans. So, sorry po sa nangyari ngayon."

Marcial was initially informed that the fire started at a construction site near the Big Dome, but further investigations by officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection revealed that faulty wiring in an air handling unit near the Red Gate may have been the cause.