By FRANCIS SANTIAGO
June 25, 2011, 2:20am
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Football Federation announced Friday that it may sell 700 more bleacher tickets for the Azkals and Sri Lanka FIFA World Cup qualifying match at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Bonnie Ladrido, chair of the organizing committee for the July 3 match, told the Bulletin that 95 percent of the tickets, including the P200 and P300 bleacher tickets are already sold out.
But he said they are likely to release 700 more bleacher tickets, which will come from the allotted 1,000 tickets for the Football Federation of Sri Lanka.
Under FIFA rules, eight percent of the total 12,873 seating capacity of Rizal should be alloted for the visiting Sri Lanka squad.
Ladrido said the Sri Lanka Embassy had only asked for 300 tickets last week and the PFF has given the Embassy only until Friday to decide whether or not it will get the remaining tickets.
But as of presstime, the Embassy had not asked for the remaining tickets.
“It’s already unlikely that they will still ask for the remaining (700) tickets because if there were high demands for it, they would have asked for it earlier,” said Ladrido, who is also the PFF treasurer.
The Azkals will meet Sri Lanka on June 29 in Colombo for the first leg of the home-and-away series with the return match taking place in the 77-year-old venue.