SBP mulls lottery-based ticketing system for Manila Olympic qualifiers
SBP vice president Al Panlilio said they are considering a lottery system to give all fans equal chances to watch the Manila OQT live. Jaime Campos

DUE to the high demand of tickets for the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is considering a system that will give Filipino fans an equal chance to obtain the highly-coveted passes for the prestigious event at the Mall of Asia Arena this July.

SBP vice president Al Panlilio said they are looking at implementing a lottery system for the orderly distribution of tickets, which will become available starting April 26, as they have received a lot of inquiries for the Manila OQT that pits Gilas Pilipinas against high-caliber teams such as France and New Zealand.

“Because of the great demand of tickets, we are considering the possibility of a lottery system although we haven’t discussed the details,” said Panlilio during Tuesday’s press launch of the Manila Fiba OQT at The Peninsula in Makati.

“We will decide in the next seven days or so on how we will do,” he added.

Tickets for the group phase games of Gilas Pilipinas are pegged at P10,000 for VIP, P8,500 for patron, and P6,800 for lower box, while group phase games without the country’s national team are priced at P5,000, P4,000, and P3,000 respectively.

The semifinal matches are priced at P12,000, P10,000, and P8,000, while the finals is at P14,000, P12,000, and P10,000 respectively.

Meanwhile, season passes are priced at P47,000, P39,500, and P31,500.

The SBP, however, has pegged a P400 and P200 price for upper box and general admission tickets, respectively, for the entire tournament to make the Manila OQT accessible to all, according to Panlilio.

“The pricing of the upper box and general admission ensure access for all fans,” said Panlilio.

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