By Francis Santiago
Despite the relatively high cost, tickets to the World Cup qualifying match between the Philippines and Sri Lanka on July 3 were sold out two hours upon their release on Friday.
Bleacher tickets were sold at P200 and P300, while grandstand tickets stood at P2,000 and P3,000, pricelist that for some appeared to be too expensive for ordinary Filipino football fans. The bleacher tickets account for 13,000 of the 18,000 tickets released.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) said it was forced to raise the ticket prices to cover part of the renovation of the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, the match venue.
PFF chief Mariano “Nonong” Araneta said talks with San Miguel Corporation bogged down, forcing them to foot the P6 million renovation of the 77-year-old edifice.
Araneta cited “a conflict of schedule” as one of the reasons why negotiations stalled. He did not elaborate.
“We’re shouldering everything from the repairs of chairs and the dressing rooms,” Araneta said.
“We hope to resume the negotiation with San Miguel once we get back to the country,” said Araneta who has scheduled a trip to Germany after attending the FIFA Congress in Zurich on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Ladrido, the PFF treasurer and chair of the organizing committee, said there’s a possibility they would release more tickets once the numbering and painting of bleachers is completed. Manila Bulletin