On the morning of the 1st of September 2019, a press conference was held by the overseers, coaches, and administrators of the upcoming UAAP Season 82 at the Mall of Asia Arena Coral Way Lobby.
The basketball team coaches from the respective universities also attended the press conference to address and express their excitement and goals for the upcoming season. Adamson University was represented by Mr. Franz Pumaren, ADMU by Mr. Tab Baldwin, Far Eastern University by Mr. Olsen Racela, University of Sto. Tomas by Mr. Aldin Ayo, University of the Philippines by Mr. Bo Perasol, National University by Mr. Jamike Jarin, University of the East by Mr. Rod Roque, and De La Salle University by Mr. Gian Nazario.
Season host Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU), thru Season 82’s President, Mr. Emmanuel T. Fernandez, expressed the goal of his management to revolve around bringing more exposure to sports through live broadcasts, streaming, and social media.
He also announced the addition of new sporting events in both the high school and collegiate levels, which include 3×3 basketball, boys’ and girls’ lawn tennis and beach volleyball. All the aforementioned sports will be making their debuts as events in the high school division this season.
According also to Mr. Fernandez, the reason as to why there were no games held right after the press conference and the opening ceremonies is that said day was to be fully dedicated as a final send-off to all the athletes of the participating schools, expressing a sense of unity, towards the ultimate goal of delivering “all for more” for the fans and supporters of the league.