League officials vow schools are ready for NCAA on Tour

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Fr. Nemesio Tolentin, OAR of San Sebastian College says the NCAA on Tour will bring the games closer to students and fans. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Officials of the NCAA on Monday promised that the schools are ready to host Season 93 games when the league goes on its highly awaited “tour.”

The league is bringing the games back to campuses in Season 93 through the NCAA on Tour, with four schools – Arellano University, University of Perpetual Help, Mapua University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), and San Sebastian College-Cavite – hosting games throughout the first round.

“The purpose of this is to bring the games closer to the students and to the fans,” said Fr. Nemesio D. Tolentin, OAR, of San Sebastian in a press conference on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The league’s 93rd season will open on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena, and a bulk of the games will still be held at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. 

On Thursdays, however, the league will go on the road and hold games in the school campuses. Letran will be the first to host games with a pair of juniors contest on Sunday, July 9. On Thursday, July 13, Arellano University will host San Sebastian.

NCAA Management Committee chairman Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR of San Sebastian, assured that they have taken steps to ensure the security of the teams and the spectators amid concerns of possible on- and off-court incidents.

“The atmosphere naman that we will have in the school-based games for NCAA on Tour, hindi naman makikipag-away,” Ortega said. “It’s more of a festival atmosphere.”

Since the school gyms may not be able to accommodate all spectators, an LED screen will be installed outside for those students’ benefit. To make things more festive, the NCAA on Tour will also bring local school celebrities, Star Music talents, and MYX VJs to liven up the game day experience.

“Also, we are assuring the security of the students and all players,” said Ortega. “There are strategies already being done.”

Commissioner Bai Cristobal, meanwhile, assured that the basketball courts in the four campuses comply with the usual standards.

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