Rizal Memorial may be back in local cage scene as home of Manila’s MPBL team

DON’T be surprised to see the Rizal Memorial Coliseum back on local sporting mainstream.

Management of the Manila Stars, one of the teams competing in the coming Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, is now negotiating to make the storied stadium as home court of the team taking part in the fastest growing regional basketball league in the country.

“We’re looking at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum because we felt it will be more convenient for us because of more parking spaces and venues can fill up more audience,” said team owner Roman Ang.

Previously, the Manila Stars had agreed to use the San Andres Gym as their home court for the MPBL.

Major events such as the NCAA and UAAP were played there during the 1980s until  late 1990s. The Rizal Memorial Coliseum was also the site for the 1973 Asian Basketball Confederation, now known as the FIBA Asia Cup, an event the Filipinos won leading to their entry to the World Cup the following year.

Roman said they’re set to meet the officials of the Philippine Sports Commission on the possible tie up that would make the stadium as the home of the Stars.

The Stars, to be coached by PBA legend Philip Cezar, participated in the recent preseason games in General Santos City. The team will be headed by ex-PBA stalwarts Roger Yap, Joseph Yeo, and fellow ex-pro Riel Cervantes.

Image credit: Presidential Museum and Library