The 75th season of the UAAP comes of the wraps on July 14 with season host National University kicking off action on its 'homecourt,' the new MOA Arena in Pasay City.
National University, owned by the Sys like the sprawling Mall of Asia complex, faces the Jerry Codinera-mentored University of the East at 2 p.m. right after the opening ceremonies of the men’s basketball tournament at 12:30 p.m.
Headed by last season’s MVP Bobby Ray Parks, the Bulldogs are among the teams expected to crowd reigning champion Ateneo in its quest for a fifth successive title.
Last season’s runner-up Far Eastern University will also play on opening day when the RR Garcia-led Tamaraws take on Jeric Fortuna and the University of Santo Tomas Tigers at 4 p.m.
The Eagles begin their title defense against Adamson at 4 p.m. the next day, also at the MOA Arena.
De La Salle and University of the Philippines, two teams that failed to make the Final Four last season, play the same day at 2 p.m.
The first of the Ateneo-La Salle games will be played July 29 also at the MOA Arena, UAAP president Nilo Ocampo confirmed.
Officials said not all games will be played at the MOA Arena. The league has yet to complete the season schedule as they discuss other issues, such as requests for playdates from the schools.
Tickets to the Eagles-Archers games will be sold separately from the tickets for the day’s other matchup, while other playdates offer two matches for the price of one. The practice was started in 2009.
“We plan to hold concerts and events outside the MOA Arena during and after the opening games,” said Ocampo in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.