I already watched live Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) games numerous times since high school. I can still remember when I was a high school basketball varsity, our coach who was a PBA referee at that time, asked us his players to watch a PBA game to see the routine, player’s moves, court behavior, etc. We watched for free as the PBA commissioner at that time was one of the owners of our school.
I can no longer recall the teams competing at that time but one thing was sure, I was happy and excited to finally see professional basketball players playing at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Vergel Meneses to Ginebra Gin Kings
I followed PBA games before because of Vergel Meneses. I was happy when my classmate in college asked me to watch with him because he had 2 tickets. The teams competing then were Shell and Ginebra, and Meneses was newly traded to Ginebra at that time.
It was really awesome because I saw the Ginebra team and Meneses play. I could not describe the feeling of seeing my basketball idol play in person.
After 20+ years
For more than 20 years, I did not watch live PBA games due to a busy schedule and a change in priorities. The last time I watched a PBA game was on April 23, 2022, the Finals Game 4 between Ginebra and Meralco.
My friend is a Ginebra die-hard fan. He invited me and our friends to watch the game at Smart Araneta Coliseum to witness the awarding of the best player of the conference, best import and of course, the exciting game between the two teams.
I realized I haven’t brought my girlfriend to watch the PBA games. She also has not seen any PBA games live.
Although we support different teams, I am a Ginebra fan while she supports San Miguel, I know we can still watch together.
I waited for a Ginebra – San Miguel match but both teams always do not meet in the finals. Ginebra got eliminated in the 2022 Philippine Cup.
The Game Night Date Night
Now with the Finals Game 7, I knew this was a good chance to watch because San Miguel Beermen, her favorite team, faced off the Talk N Text Tropang Giga.
I waited patiently for TicketNet to open the selling of tickets online and did not hesitate to buy tickets for us (only Upperbox and General Admission were available).
The game was close until the end of 3rd Quarter. Jason Castro played his heart out in Game 7 of the PBA Finals however, he and TNT team were not able to stop the San Miguel Beermen for bagging the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup!
For sure this will not be the last. We will wait for a Ginebra – San Miguel Finals showdown and ensure that we’ll have the best seat in the house.
Watching a basketball game is a good date idea especially if you support at least one of the teams that are playing (better if both teams!). It’s a night full of banter while enjoying the basketball game.
Aside from going out for dinner at your favorite restaurant, or seeing movies in the theater, why not try to watch live games like basketball? I’m sure it will be a different experience for you and your special someone.
Congratulations to San Miguel Beermen! To my girlfriend, let’s do it again next time!