NO FREE TICKETS: All SEA Games venues will charge entrance fee

Mark Escarlote on Jul 24, 2019 04:34 PM
All SEA Games events will charge entrance fee
All the 56 sports to be played in the 30th Southeast Asian Games will charge gate tickets for those who want to catch the games live.

No free viewing.

Fans who want to catch the exciting action of the 30th Southeast Asian Games live at the event venues will have to pay for tickets.

Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), Foundation chief operating officer Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara said that there will be a gate charge for all sports.

“Of course for some sports that are not so popular we are trying to fix a minimal rate. [In} all sports, tickets will be charged,” said Suzara, who added that charging gate tickets will add ‘value’ to the sport. “We want the public to know that these sports are important. Even for a $1 ticket is enough for them to appreciate what the sport in the SEA Games is.”   

Phisgoc is now in the process of striking a deal with a ticketing firm for featured sports in the biennial meet set on November 30 to December 11.

Suzara said that they are talking with SM Tickets and could sign an agreement for event tickets in the next couple of weeks.   

“Hopefully, we will be signing an agreement with SM Tickets. Sila ang pinakamagandang package, being also a sponsor of the SEA Games,” said Suzara.

The country’s fourth hosting of the SEA Games will feature a record 56 sports and 530 events.

“I think there will be a general pricing, but of course, there will be a semifinals, finals, doon natin medyo tataasan ng konti,” said Suzara. “Although the income of tickets will not so big, it adds also to the revenue of the SEA Games.”

Suzara also added that they are also taking in consideration the capacity of event venues especially of crowd-drawing sports like basketball and volleyball.

“Volleyball and basketball for sure [will draw huge gate attendance], what is important also is [to know] the number of seats na kailangan. It can be free-seating kung walang mga number ang seats pero ili-limit din natin,” he said.

“We need to know the capacity, let’s say for example 10,000 yan, we will sell only 8,000 because the other 2,000 (tickets) are for athletes, media, broadcasters, NOC officials, VIPs and sponsors,” he explained further.

Basketball will be played at the MOA Arena while volleyball will be held at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

Phisgoc earlier announced that 11 sports will be televised live inlcuding basketball (5x5 and 3x3), volleyball, football, swimming, diving, athletics, badminton, boxing, gymnastics, sepak takraw, taekwondo and E-sports.

Tickets will be available once the schedule of games and events are finalized.

Participating countries have until September 22 to submit their entry by names while the drawing of lots for team sports is on October 3.



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