By Earl Victor Rosero
All tickets for the July 3 2014 World Cup Asian qualifiers match between the Philippine men's national football team or Azkals and Sri Lanka have been sold out on the first day, according to the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) organizing committee Friday.
Bonnie Ladrido, chairman of the local organizing committee said, "We were caught off-guard. We didn't expect it to happen this fast."
The white bleachers tickets were gone within an hour after Ticketworld offered them via its website, at its ticket outlets in a bookstore chain and at other commercial areas. The white bleachers section is directly across the field from the covered grandstand.
Going, going, gone
Gobbled up next were the P200 tickets and then by mid-afternoon, the grandstand tickets that went for P2,000 and P3,000 were almost all gone.
Ladrido informed GMA News Online late afternoon that "maybe only about 5 to 10 percent of the grandstand tickets are left." He said he will know more about the ticket sales status after meeting early Friday evening.
He explained that the P200 tickets are "practically sold-out" because they had to set aside eight percent of the tickets, roughly 800, for Sri Lanka according to international football rules.
"If some of those Sri Lanka tickets will be freed, they will also be sold to the public," Ladrido said.
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Some fans, interviewed by GMA News Online while they queued for tickets, gave mixed reactions to the ticket pricing scheme.
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