THE National Basketball Association (NBA) achieved another milestone in the country as it officially opened the first ever NBA Café in the world here over the weekend.
Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz and WNBA legend Tina Thompson were the featured guests during the grand opening
Hayward was selected ninth overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2010 Draft while Thompson was a four-time WNBA champion, nine-time WNBA All-Star, and was the first-ever draft pick in WNBA history.
Gordon and Thompson are in Manila to participate in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines National Training Camp presented by Alaska.
Located at the SM Aura at Bonifacio Global City Taguig, the newly-opened Café is a first-of-its-kind destination which features a unique dining and entertainment experience that captures the energy and feel of the NBA.
Managed and operated locally by Haute Couture F&B Concepts, Inc., NBA Cafe Manila will feature larger than life NBA displays, unique memorabilia, and basketball-themed accents and fixtures, all complemented with an exciting menu.
It is the first sports bar and restaurant in Manila catering specifically to basketball fans where patrons will enjoy quintessential American bar and grill favorites.
The opening of the NBA Cafe comes six months after the league held its first ever pre-season game here featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets.
“Basketball is the most popular sport in the Philippines and it makes sense that the first NBA Cafe anywhere in the world would open for our passionate fans in Manila,” said Carlo Singson, NBA Country Manager, Philippines.
“NBA Cafe Manila is a unique one-stop destination for casual and avid sports fans alike and is another great way for them to experience the NBA first-hand.”