The Lower Box and Patron sections were combined to make a new Patron section (100 and 200 level seats).A pathway between the former Patron and Lower Box sections was also made.
and for the basketball games of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
The Big Dome is also used for boxing, cockfighting, local and international concerts, circuses, religious gatherings, beauty pageants and more. Amado Araneta, a member of the Araneta family, purchased from Radio Corporation of America (RCA) 35 hectares (86 acres) in Cubao which includes the Araneta family home and is bounded by Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue or EDSA, Aurora Boulevard, P. The Araneta Coliseum was constructed from 1957 to late 1959, and designed and built by Architect Dominador Lacson Lugtu and Engrineer Leonardo Onjunco Lugtu.
It annually hosts every PBA Basketball Championship, NCAA Basketball Championship, as well as the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Basketball and Volleyball championships.
The facility has also hosted the 1975 Thrilla in Manila, 1978 FIBA World Championship, the 2007 Philippines World Pool Championship and the 2017 SEABA Championship.
The coliseum will also be one the venues for the upcoming 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The coliseum also hosts concerts, shows, graduations, seminars, ice shows, circuses, and beauty pageants. , the longest running noontime show of the Philippines, also used the coliseum for its 10th anniversary in September 23, 1989 and on January 28, 1995 when the show moved to GMA Network.
General admission then was 80 centavos and the reserve section was five pesos.
Among the notable events to take place at the arena were the 11th and 34th FAMAS Awards, the 1975 "Thrilla in Manila" boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, in which the arena was renamed into the "Philippine Coliseum", and the annual Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant.
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has played more than a thousand games at the Araneta Coliseum as of today Other basketball events hosted by the arena were the 1978 FIBA World Championship, a game between the 1978 NBA champions Washington Bullets and a PBA selection in 1979, and the 1982 Asian Youth Basketball Championship where the Philippines defeated China in the final.
In the third quarter of 1998, the Aranetas and Pilipinas Shell (local arm of Royal Dutch Shell) started negotiations for a naming rights deal that would have lasted until 2008.
From 1960 to 1963, the Coliseum received international recognition and was recognized as the largest covered coliseum in the world.