IT’S just an NBA pre-season game, but it certainly won’t come cheap.
On Friday, SM and NBA Philippines jointly announced the ticket prices for the highly-anticipated pre-season game between the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets on October 10, with premium A seats priced at a whopping amount of P32,300.
SM Tickets marketing and sponsorship head Nicole Deato said premium A seats come with limited edition, commemorative NBA merchandise, a meal, and a front court view of the match, dubbed the NBA Global Game.
Tickets will go on sale starting June 16 at 10 a.m.
Other ticket prices include P27,000 for Premium B, P8,400 for Section C, P4,200 for Section D, and P550 for Section E.
Deato, who made the announcement in a morning press conference during halftime of the viewing party for Game 5 of the Miami Heat-Pacers Eastern Conference Finals at SM Cinema 2, said he expects no less than a full house crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena, the venue for the first-ever NBA Global Game here in the Philippines.
While tickets have a huge price disparity between Section C and Section D seats, Deato said the atmosphere and just the thought of being part of history, are enough reason for fans to come and watch the NBA Global Game.
“You want to be part of history. And the atmosphere in an NBA game is different. It’s non-stop entertainment and action. It’s a different experience,” said Deato.
On the other hand, NBA Philippines Country manager Carlo Singson promised basketball fans the first Global Game will bring the NBA experience here, complete with pre-game and other activities that usually happen during a regular NBA game.
“This is obviously a historically significant event in the Philippines. We’re still finalizing the schedule but definitely, there will be some fan events and fan activities, so people who can’t watch the games can still interact with the players,” explained Singson.