FIBA WC 2023: Glittering MOA Ball sets tone for historic cage hosting

To welcome the world’s biggest basketball tournament, Smart has transformed the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Ball into a giant basketball with a hoop, considered as one of the most awe-inspiring, larger-than-life basketball tributes the country has ever seen.

Measuring 1.5 meters in diameter inside a ring with 111 meters in circumference, a total of 248 workers, including site workers, engineers, safety officers, and designers, among others, put up the massive installation amid days of heavy downpours in the last three weeks.

Basketball fans are in for a huge treat when they pass by the mesmerizing MOA Ball spectacle, signaling not only the country’s participation as one of the hosts of this historic event but also as a nation with an unmatched love for the game.


Smart has also teamed up with its technology partners to further expand and permanently optimize its LTE and 5G mobile network coverage across all FIBA Basketball World Cup venues, including Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, and the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

Subscribers trooping to the venues can expect world-class mobile experience not just during the much-anticipated games from Aug. 25 to Sept. 10, but also in all the biggest concerts and events happening after the tournament.

With Smart, subscribers can share their favorite gameplays on social media in real-time, send videos of iconic moments to their loved ones and friends in seconds, and upload all their memorable photos online in an instant.

Smart is all-out in bringing the best basketball experiences to subscribers and fans, powered by the Philippines’ fastest and best mobile network, as cited by global network analytics firm Ookla for three consecutive reporting periods.

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