AFTER the 2019 All-Star Game, Pangasinan might soon host a finals game in the PBA if plans push through.
Double V Productions chief operating officer Vijay Vasandali said their company wants to bring at least a playoff game or even one match in the championship series to the province following the successful Calasiao All-Star extravaganza.
Previously, the PBA recently held a finals game in Lucena City.
“It always depends on the PBA. Of course, kung tatanungin niyo kami, we want to improve so kung puwede, quarterfinals, playoffs, or possibly, we can host a PBA finals here. ‘Yun talaga kasi we feel like our people deserves more,” said Vasandali.
Pangasinan has been hosting several out-of-town elimination- round games in the past few years at the Calasiao Sports Complex.
The Pangasinan government, however, is bent on bringing more sports events in the province as it is set to construct the Pangasinan Convention and Multi-Purpose Center in an 18-hectare lot in Bugallon that can house as many as 8,000 spectators.
The local government has also made improvements on the Narciso Ramos Sports Complex in Lingayen.
“I’m a firm believer that if we allow our citizens to engage in sports, they can learn to have discipline, build camaraderie and they can have healthy bodies and sharper minds as well,” said Pangasinan governor Amado Espino in a speech read by board member Generoso Tulagan during the governors’ reception last Sunday.
Double V Productions also has plans to construct a new facility, possibly in Dagupan City.
“Nasa pipeline ng province na magkaroon ng sariling arena and they’ve told us na if you want to use that, kami rin ‘yung magpupuno for the province. We are looking at another two years. Pero sa amin kasi, with my group and my family, no one will do it for Pangasinan, baka kami ang gagawa,” said Vasandali.