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The SM Mall of Asia Arena ‘eyecon’ through the years and beyond

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The iconic eye-shaped exterior of the Mall of Asia Arena

Inspired by the visionary words of their late founder, Henry Sy, Sr., during the momentous inauguration of the facility back in 2012, the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) stands as a testament to the exceptional accomplishments and immense talent of the Filipino people on a global scale.

Situated amidst the vibrant SM MOA complex, this remarkable five-story landmark spans over 64,000 square meters, boasting a versatile design that caters to various events. With a seating capacity of 15,000 and the ability to accommodate up to 20,000 attendees at maximum capacity, it truly epitomizes a world-class venue.

Filipino-American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars is among the foreign acts who performed at the MOA Arena

For over a decade now, this iconic arena has remained dedicated to its mission of revolutionizing the game experience and enhancing the standard of entertainment. And it has been the home of many firsts – whether it’s basketball, volleyball, mixed martial arts, or even e-sports.

Basketball highlights include the preseason National Basketball Association (NBA) Global Games with the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers, and when NBA legends Lebron James, Steph Curry, and Dennis Rodman came for meet and greets with fans.

Taylor Swift joins the roster of international stars who used the MOA Arena as a venue

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid feted her solo anniversary concert and other local icons Sarah Geronimo, Arnel Pineda, and Lea Salonga shared the same stage to deliver unforgettable performances.

Lady Gaga opened the SM MOA Arena with her Born This Way Ball tour in 2012, which was a sold-out concert. Other superstars who performed are Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Sam Smith, and Harry Styles.

Numerous basketball games use the MOA Arena as their official venue

The popularity of Korean K-Pop music has brought legendary acts such as BTS, Blackpink, Twice, EXO, 2NE1, and Stray Kids.

Excellent customer convenience

The Mall of Asia Arena offers ample parking options, with 2,000 spots available at the Mall of Asia Arena Annex (MAAX) and the National University (NU) Buildings. An additional 1,400 slots are provided for visitors’ convenience. Valet parking services are also available.

Madonna is another superstar who performed at the MOA Arena

The venue is designed to ensure easy navigation with 11 elevators, 28 escalators, and dedicated lanes for individuals with disabilities.

In terms of safety, the SM MOA Arena adheres to international fire and safety standards. It is equipped with professional-grade, high-resolution closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to enhance security measures.

SM MOA Arena offers exclusive VIP packages with premium seating and luxurious amenities. It provides facilities that meet international standards and features 41 Corporate Suites with top-notch amenities. During the pandemic, it served as a major COVID-19 testing area. Safety measures under #ArenaSafe ensure a secure and enjoyable experience at upcoming events.

Disney on Ice returns to Manila to celebrate 100 years of Disney

Volleyball fans are once again united as the 2023 Men’s Pool of the Volleyball Nations League takes place from July 4 to 9.

Basketball lovers will witness the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Basketball World Cup 2023 preliminaries and finals games from August 25 to September 10.

To usher in the Christmas holidays, Disney on Ice comes back to celebrate 100 years of Disney. A schedule of shows will be posted soon, along with the ticket price announcement for December 2023 to January 2024.

The popularity of K-pop attracts legendary acts like BTS to perform in Manila

In 11 years, SM MOA Arena has become more than a memory-making place. It offers excellent customer convenience, exciting shows, and remains the preferred venue for local and international events.

You may buy tickets for our upcoming shows online at or at any authorized SM Tickets outlet nationwide. To know more about SM Mall of Asia Arena, visit or follow @smmoaarena on social media.


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