The Araneta Coliseum is the largest indoor facility in Southeast Asia, with a dome diameter of 108 meters. It is located in Quezon City, Philippines. Nicknamed "The Big Dome", it hosts sporting and entertainment events in the country.
Construction of the Araneta Coliseum was started in 1957 and finished in late 1959. In 1960 to 1963, the Coliseum received international recognition as the "Biggest covered coliseum in the world". Even today, it still remains as one of the largest clear span domes in the world and the largest indoor facility in Southeast Asia with a dome diameter of 108 meters. It occupies a total land area of almost 40,000 square metres and has a floor area or 2,300 square metres.
The coliseum opened on March 16, 1960, with Gabriel "Flash" Elorde boxing for the World Junior Lightweight crown from American Harold Gomes. More than 33,000 spectators watched the contest. General admission then was 80 centavos and reserve section was five pesos.
Throughout the years, the Araneta Coliseum management adheres to the commitment of J. Amado Araneta to provide the Filipino people with the best entertainment at the lowest admission possible. Some of the most remembered performances were the 11th and 34th FAMAS Awards, "Thrilla in Manila" which was the Ali-Frazier World Heavyweight Championship Fight, the Philippine Basketball Association Games, and annually, the Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant.
In 1999, the coliseum underwent its first major renovation at the cost of P200 million.
Last September 30, 2007, an estimated crowd of 23,315 crammed the coliseum to watch the pivotal Game 2 of the basketball semifinals between rivals De La Salle University Green Archers and Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles UAAP Season 70. It is so far the highest recorded basketball game crowd after the renovations. La Salle won the game 65-60 enroute to their championship. The 2008 UAAP Samsung Cheerdance Competition held a record breaking crowd of 23, 448 who rocks the coliseum, UP Pep Squad retained their title.