Ginebra fans expressed their anger via Twitter on Tuesday after being told by personnel managing the Smart Araneta Coliseum booth that tickets for Game 6 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals were already sold out.
As early as 6 a.m. Tuesday, Ginebra die-hard fans, who wanted to watch Game 6 already lined up outside the Big Dome’s ticket booth, wanting to buy tickets and hoping they could witness the Kings put an end to their eight-year PBA championship drought.
Ginebra has won the last two games of the title series to grab a 3-2 lead against Meralco.
A Ginebra fan who goes by her Twitter account @daphnELLIS34 tagged this writer with a brief tweet that fans failed to buy a single ticket.
Another Ginebra fan was advised by Ticketnet that no tickets will be sold anymore as off 11:30 on Tuesday morning.
And still another die-hard Kings fan said scalpers are making a killing in what could be the final game of the season, saying an upper box ticket fetches P900 already. Published rates from Ticketnet shows a UB (Upper Box B) costs just P350.
PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial apologized to the fans for the inconvenience, saying they were surprised by the huge turnout of people, who bought majority of the upper box and general admission tickets on Monday.
“Ngayon (Tuesday) dapat maglalabas kami ng tickets para sa upper box A and B saka general admission, pero di naman akalain ng Araneta na magiging ganun kahaba ang pila. Hindi na nila pinaalis yung mga tao at binenta na nila ang mga tickets,” Marcial told FOX Sports on Tuesday.
“Talagang pasensya na talaga sa mga fans.”
Nonetheless, Marcial said the PBA is putting up a giant 9×14 feet LED screen just outside the venue so PBA fans who won’t be able to watch the game live, can still catch the action at the Big Dome.
However, Marcial mentioned that Araneta Coliseum has the option of selling SRO (standing-room-only) tickets on Wednesday.
“Ewan ko sa ngayon kung magbe-benta pa ang Araneta ng SRO pero kung di nila pipigilan (the long queue of fans on Wednesday), baka mag-benta pa sila,” he added.
“Pero gaya nga nung sabi ko, ili-limit din nila to 22,000 kasi ayaw na nila maulit yung nangyari sa MOA (Mall of Asia Arena) sa Close Up,” he said, referring to the “CloseUp Forever Summer” concert in the Pasay City venue’s open parking grounds last May that claimed the lives of five people.
On Sunday, fans braved the rains brought by Typhoon ‘Karen’ as 22,196 fans came to witness Ginebra snatch Game 5, 92-81 to take a 3-2 series lead against Meralco.
The pro league registered its highest gate attendance of 24,883 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Game 7 of the 2014 Philippine Cup semifinals between San Mig (now Star) and Ginebra. – Richard Dy
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