THERE was no doubt it's going to be a blockbuster of a series.
"Siyempre taos puso tayong nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng fans na tumangkilik sa ating Commissioner's Cup finals. Kung hindi dahil sa kanila, hindi natin magagawa ito," he said.
As expected, the entire Barangay Ginebra-Bay Area Dragons PBA Commissioner's Cup finals drew a record attendance, capped by the largest crowd ever in league history during the deciding Game 7 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
The Kings kept Philippine pride intact after slaying the Dragons, 114-99, to win the championship before a live audience of 54,589 at the world's largest indoor stadium.
The numbers surpassed the previous record of 54,086 who came to watch Game 7 of the 2017 Governors' Cup finals won by Barangay Ginebra over Meralco.
Commissioner Willie Marcial expressed gratitude to PBA fans for making it happened.
Game 1 of the best-of-seven series easily set the tone of the finals as it attracted a crowd of 18,252 on Christmas Day, which the Kings won in runaway fashion, 96-81.
Only Game 3 had the lowest registered attendance in the title series pegged at 15,004 as the Kings rallied back to author an 89-82 come-from-behind victory.
But the finals eventually picked up from thereon, drawing back-to-back 20,000-plus attendance in Game 5 (21,823 at Mall of Asia Arena) and Game 6 (22,361 at Smart Araneta Coliseum), respectively.
In all, the first six games of the series averaged an attendance of 18,453.
But the entire finals itself drew an average crowd of 23,615. (RG)