UNKNOWN to many, the PBA Commissioner’s Cup doubleheader on Sunday featuring Barangay Ginebra and San Mig in the main game, was almost put off following the noticeable delicate flooring of the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Extra white lines covered the Big Dome floor for both the games of the Kings and Mixers and Talk `N Text and Barako Bull earlier as Spin.ph learned that several wood tiles on the court surface popped up.
“Umalsa yung mga tiles nung sahig. Kaya nilagyan ng tape. Nagulat na lang nga kami kasi bakit biglang naging ganun ang itsura,” said the source who refused to be named as he was not authorized to speak on the issue.
“Kala niyo simple lang yun. Delikado yun.”
League commissioner Chito Salud had to arrive early at the venue to personally supervise the ‘temporary repair’ on some 25 tiles that popped up
“Galit talaga si Kume, kasi kita mo naman naka-alsa yung sahig. Delikado sa players yun. Hindi pwedeng ganun yan,” said the source.
“Ayaw ng PBA pasimulan yung game hanggat naka-alsa yung mga tiles. Peligroso talaga yun. Kaya kanina diniskartehan na lang. Hanggang kelan ganyan yan, itanong niyo na lang sa Araneta.”
The same source bared the maple floorings are already 15 years old, which explains why it is no longer in perfect condition.
Araneta Coliseum officials refused to answer queries from Spin.ph saying that wasn’t the case when the Big Dome office closed last Friday.
But an Araneta insider who refused to be identified admitted the flooring is indeed ‘due for servicing.’
“Alam ko naka-schedule na talaga ang pag-gawa niyan eh. Bukas (Monday) alam ko ire-repair na talaga siya,” said the Big Dome official.
Meanwhile, some of the players reached by Spin.ph were just as surprised with the extra lines that covered the floor.
“Oo nga, bakit ba may mga linya dun? Ang pangit tignan eh,” said San Mig Coffee superstar James Yap.
“Ginamit ba sa volleyball yun?” added teammate Mark Barroca.
San Mig rookie Ian Sangalang even expressed hesitation walking on the floor during the game, saying, “naiilang nga ako pumuwesto kasi feeling ko nasa shaded lane na ako. Wala pa pala!”
Even players who saw action in the first game between the Tropang Texters and Energy also complained about the ‘floor bandages.’
“Nung nag-shooting kami, naka-angat talaga. Kaya nila nilagyan ng tape. Nakita ko pa nga nung nilalagyan ng tape eh,” said Barako Bull guard Ronjay Buenafe.