Metro Manila · Araneta Coliseum (SMART Araneta Coliseum / Big Dome)
The Araneta Coliseum or SMART Araneta Coliseum/Big Dome is the prime indoor facility for sports events and concerts in Manila. It can host up to 16.500 people and is known worldwide for hosting the 1975 'Thrilla in Manila', the legendary box fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
The Araneta Coliseum, now known as the Smart Araneta Coliseum, is a realized vision of industrialist J. Amado Araneta. The Coliseum which sits on a 35-hectare property bounded by Aurora Boulevard, 15th Avenue, P. Tuazon and EDSA waspurchased by Araneta in 1952. The success of Cubao-Araneta is owed to its strategic location -placed near a transportation hub where two rail transits intersect and near to where many jeepneys and provincial buses stop.
The construction of the Coliseum began in 1957 and was finished two years later. By the early 1960s, the Araneta Coliseum was internationally recognized as the biggest covered coliseum in the world. The structure has a dome diameter of 108 meters and occupies a total land area of over 3 hectares. Its floor area is 2,300 square meters. It was renovated in 1999 and underwent further improvements in recent years with the support of its current cooperation partner SMART.
Near the Coliseum, one will find the Araneta Center which comprises of a number of other buildings such as Ali Mall, Gateway Mall, and SM Cubao where you can do some shopping before going to watch your favorite team, singer or beauty queen at the Coliseum. Beside the Coliseum's entrance are a number of cafés, bars, and restaurants, a good opportunity to enjoy a refreshment after the event.
Location And How To Get There
General Araneta Avenue corner General Roxas Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
The Araneta Coliseum is located near the LRT and MRT stations 'Araneta-Center Cubao'. Parking is available directly at the Coliseum as well as at nearby malls and supermarkets. The streets around the Coliseum often get hit pretty badly by traffic jams, so it might be worth to think about taking public transport to go to the Coliseum. You should however be aware that traveling during rush hour with the public transport – especially if there is an event at the Coliseum – is not a good idea either. Try to beat the rush hour and be at the Coliseum well before the opening time. While waiting for the show, you can spend some time at the adjacent bars, cafes, and restos in the area.
Guide For Megacitizens
Big Do's & Don'ts at the Big Dome
The concert/event will be a blast – for sure – but it would be even better to make it as hassle-free as possible. So take out your notebooks and brush up on the Big Dome’s ultimate DOs & DON’Ts.
1. DO Plan ahead on where to park or just take the train
If you take a car, there are several parking places within striking distance from the Big Dome. Apart from Gateway or Ali Mall, there is the Manhattan Parking Building, the Shopwise parking area and open parking lots around the Big Dome. If you take the train (MRT and LRT2), just hop off at the Araneta Center stations. The short walk will do you good and prep your energy for the concert.
2. DO Line up at 2pm at the earliest
The concert’s still at 8pm, but we know, it’s just TOO EXCITING TO WAIT THAT LONG! We encourage you to come early to beat the traffic, but if you insist on coming REALLY early, please be reminded that the line only starts at 2pm. Have lunch first, do some last-day rehearsals or see a movie! The Araneta Center has over 300 restaurants for you to choose from and the only real stadium-seating Cineplex in the country – so go ahead and start having fun even before the concert. You already have a ticket to the concert, you’ll get in FOR SURE even if you line up just in time. ;)
3. DO Line up at the correct gate
For those with Patron, Lower Box, Upper A and Upper B tickets – you may line-up at the Red Gate (near North Park) or the Green Gate (near Starbucks). For those with General Admission tickets – kindly line-up at the Yellow Gate (near Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf).
4. DO Come in a comfy outfit and a light bag
There will be thousands of people at the Big Dome during the concert. And if you’re one of those fans who wants to lineup as early as 2pm, be sure to wear comfortable clothes and footwear to be ready for the crowd press, knee-slapping and foot-stomping. And for quicker bag inspection at the entrance, just bring the necessities! Besides, it’s best to jump, dance and enjoy the music without the hassle of uncomfortable clothes and a heavy bag, right?
5. DO Enter at only 6pm
All gates will only open at exactly 6pm. Should you be in line earlier than 6pm and need to go to the restroom, there is one located on the Ground Floor of Gateway. You may ask your friends/companions to save your spot, leave the line and head to the Gateway entrance near the Yellow Gate – just take the escalator going down and you’ll find the restrooms at the corner.
6. DON’T Buy tickets from scalpers
Scalpers are individuals who sell tickets for a much higher price – usually to the highest bidder. Please remember that scalping is illegal and punishable by law. If a scalper approaches you, or if you witness any scalping activities, please report it to the nearest guard or staff of the Araneta Coliseum.
7. DON’T Bring in food and drinks
You may buy food and drinks outside the Big Dome while waiting in line, but these will no longer be allowed upon entering the gate. Don’t worry – various concessionaires are available inside the Big Dome, on every floor, near every section.
8. DON’T Leave the Coliseum once you enter
Even if you have your ticket with you, re-entry is strictly not allowed. Please make sure to bring everything you need upon entering the gate. For smokers, a separate area will be available beside the Red Gate and Green Gate.
9. DON’T Bring professional still and video cameras
DSLRs and video cameras are strictly prohibited and will be confiscated at the entrance. On the other hand – point-and-shoot, simple digital cameras and phone cameras are allowed. Just bring these types and take as many pictures as you want!
10. DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN!!!
That’s the most important rule ;)
Tickets can be bought online via TicketNet Online.
...welcome to the Araneta Coliseum (SMART Araneta Coliseum / Big Dome)
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