The section names were also given numerical designations: 100 for Patron section, 200 for Lower Box, 300 for Upper Box A and 400 for Upper Box B.
In 2003, a LED display was added to the scoreboard.
Sarah Geronimo is the youngest solo performer to stage a concert in the coliseum at the age of 16 with her Sarah Geronimo: The Other Side concert on September 30, 2005 surpassing Manilyn Reynes.
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.
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.
From 1960 to 1963, the Coliseum received international recognition and was recognized as the largest covered coliseum in the world.
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.