Metro Manila, Philippines — After 45 years, the Philippines is hosting the FIBA World Cup with some of the best and brightest basketball stars gathering on one hardcourt.

The 2023 FIBA World Cup will start on Aug. 25 in three locations in Asia: Manila, Jakarta, and Okinawa.

Here’s a quick glance at the group stage matches in the Philippines.

In Group A, the Philippines will battle Angola, Dominican Republic, and Italy while China, Serbia, South Sudan, and Puerto Rico square off in Group B.

The 55,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bulacan will host the opening doubleheader as the Philippines seeks to set a new record attendance in a FIBA World Cup game.

All except the opening day games of Groups A and B will be played at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The United States, a strong title contender in the tournament with its NBA-laden lineup, headlines Group C together with Greece, Jordan, and New Zealand. Group D, on the other hand, consists of Egypt, Lithuania, and Montenegro.

All the games of Groups C and D will be played at Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City.

August 25 | Friday

Philippine Arena

4 p.m. – Angola vs. Italy

8 p.m. – Philippines vs. Dominican Republic

MOA Arena

4:45 p.m. – Mexico vs. Montenegro

8:30 p.m. – Egypt vs. Lithuania

August 26 | Saturday

Smart Araneta Coliseum

4 p.m. – Puerto Rico vs. South Sudan

8 p.m. – China vs. Serbia

MOA Arena

4:45 p.m. – Greece vs. Jordan

8:40 p.m. – USA vs. New Zealand

August 27 | Sunday

Smart Araneta Coliseum

4 p.m. – Dominican Republic vs. Italy

8 p.m. – Philippines vs. Angola

MOA Arena

4:45 p.m. – Egypt vs. Montenegro

8:30 p.m. – Lithuania vs. Mexico

August 28 | Monday

Smart Araneta Coliseum

4 p.m. – China vs. South Sudan

8 p.m. – Puerto Rico vs. Serbia

MOA Arena

4:45 p.m. – Jordan vs. New Zealand

8:40 p.m. – USA vs. Greece

August 29 | Tuesday

Smart Araneta Coliseum

4 p.m. – Angola vs. Dominican Republic

8 p.m. – Philippines vs. Italy

MOA Arena

4:45 p.m. – Egypt vs. Mexico

8:30 p.m. – Lithuania vs. Montenegro

August 30 | Wednesday

Smart Araneta Coliseum

4 p.m. – Serbia vs. South Sudan

8 p.m. – China vs. Puerto Rico

MOA Arena

4:40 p.m. – USA vs. Jordan

8:40 p.m. – Greece vs. New Zealand

The second round will start on Aug. 31 with the top two teams per group vying for a quarterfinals spot and the rest battling for placing in the classification round.

There will be a break on Sept. 4 as qualified teams from the Okinawa and Jakarta games will fly to Manila for the final phase at the MOA Arena.

Tickets: Where to buy, how to buy, prices

Tickets for the group stage games at the Philippine Arena and Smart Araneta Coliseum can be purchased at while tickets for the games at the Mall of Asia Arena are available at

Tickets are also available at the venues.

A single day pass on Aug. 25 at the Philippine Arena ranges from ₱999 to ₱25,699, while a day pass at the MOA Arena on opening day ranges from ₱499 to ₱11,099.

A single game ticket ranges from ₱499 to ₱27,299 from Aug. 26 to 30 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Meanwhile, single game ticket ranges from ₱499 to ₱19,199 at the MOA Arena.

The FIBA Local Organizing Committee is giving discounts to students and teachers for select games in the World Cup, in partnership with Commission on Higher Education. The marked down ticket rates will only apply to seats in the premium upper box, regular upper box, and general admission sections.