November 8, 2007 update
I was finally able to watch live yesterday – November 7, Day 5. I had planned to go on the opening day but I got sick. Anyway, Araneta Coliseum is not that near from where I live and I was kind of bummed when I heard it was to be held there. I loved the location of last year’s WPC – PICC. I liked it (PICC) better also. It was nearer, the surrounding places are not that “busy,” and the general atmosphere is just better. I made the mistake of leaving some stuff in the car yesterday, and boy, did I regret that. There is a strict “no re-entry “policy – you leave, you pay again. I bought Lower Box tickets for Php 525 because I was advised that the more expensive Patron tickets were useless. Like so, I was able to access Patron ticket areas. With the cheaper Upper Box tickets, it would be impossible to access anything nearer.
Like last year, my favorite spot was the uppermost row of TV table one. From there I just look back and I have a very clear view of TV table two. You could also sometimes get a glimpse of the matches in the non-TV tables. There is no spot in Araneta Coliseum where you can see everything – to check on scores and stuff. Plus, the Lower Box seats are only good for tables six to eight – you can see the TV tables but it is almost intolerable.
I did see a lot of good matches this day; I specifically chose this day because there are still 64 players, and I can catch anyone I want to. The eliminations this year were different, players were eliminated on a daily basis – each group finished in a day. The highlight of my day was watching Ronnie Alcano practice. He spent around an hour practicing and I was there watching and taking pictures – it was heaven to see him clear rack, after rack, after rack with ease. I took a video of that and it is now in YouTube. I was not able to see his match against Daryl Peach; it started around 11:30 and I had to go home. Unfortunately, it was his last. It was also Efren’s last day yesterday which sucks. Anyway, still pool nirvana being able to watch the WPC just like last year. I might not go back this week unless many Filipinos are still in over the weekend. See my pictures here.
July 2, 2007 update
The 2007 World Pool Championship will be held on November 3-11 at the Araneta Coliseum, also known as the “Big Dome.” It is the Philippines’ biggest closed coliseum and can accomodate events like concerts, basketball games and conventions.
It’s a bit overkill that they’ll hold the WPC there. In my opinion, PICC (2006 venue) was perfect for the event. They only needed to improve on security and discipline. I wonder how they can moderate noise in Araneta and what kind of seating they’ll come up with.
April 28, 2007 update
The memorandum of agreement for the 2007 World Pool Championship was sealed in a ceremony held in MalacaÃ±ang Palace and was witnessed by none other than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Harvey Davis of ESPN Star Sports and Yen Makabenta of Raya Sports & Events signed the agreement; ESPN is the international broadcaster while Raya is the local organizer.
Also present at the signing ceremony was Barry Hearn, chairman and president of Matchroom Sport – the organizer that designs and stages the annual world championship. After the signing, the group held a press conference at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza last February 28. Harvey Davis reported that the 2006 WPC was estimated to have been viewed by at least 200 million people, breaking all viewership numbers in the previous years.
San Miguel Corporation has also signed in as a presenting sponsor, and the private sector of the local government has agreed to give it’s full support for the tournament.
This year’s WPC is the 18th edition of the tournament; 200 players from over 50 countries are expected to participate.
Is 7 months from now
But I already have the details. Yes, the Philippines will once again host the WPC (2nd consecutive year). It will be held on November 3-11, 2007 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Manila, Philippines. Organized by Yen Makabenta’s Raya Sports. Well, that’s about it for now but I will be updating this post whenever I get additional details. Remember, you heard it first here at Thoughts In Binary. Or not.
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