SBP exec bares measures to keep Olympic qualifiers tickets out of hands of scalpers
SBP executive director Sonny Barrios expects a huge demand for tickets for the Manila Olympic Qualifying Tournament set from July 5-10. Jerome Ascano

THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will undertake serious measures to prevent scalpers from getting their hands on the tickets for the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila this July.

SBP executive director Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios said they are looking at several steps, including some measures done during his time as PBA commissioner, to avoid tickets from finding their way to the secondary market.

SM Tickets will begin selling the Olympic qualifying tickets starting April 26 for the July 5-10 event.

“Kailangang gawin natin na medyo kahit papaano, makita ng mga bona fide fans na we didn’t leave the tickets to the so-called natural forces of supply and demand,” he said.

Tickets for the lower sections are priced at P10,000 (VIP), P8,500 (patron), and P6,800 (lower box) for the preliminary matches that feature Gilas Pilipinas, with the prices going slightly higher come the semifinals and finals matches.

Meanwhile, season passes cost P47,000, P39,500, and P31,500 for the VIP, patron, and lower box sections respectively.

But to make the tickets affordable to the general public, the upper box and general admission sections will be sold at P400 and P200, respectively, regardless of the stage of the tournament.

Barrios said they will be working with authorities to help deter the scalping of the coveted tickets.

“We will coordinate with the authorities just like what I did during my PBA days (as commissioner) na nagpatulong tayo dahil hindi magandang i-take advantage ng mga kababayan natin ang sarili nating kababayan,” said Barrios.

To also help prevent the tickets from falling to the hands of scalpers, Barrios said the SBP plans to sell the upper box and general admission sections only until the lower seats are all sold out.

“Hopefully, the scalpers will not invest in the season tickets dahil medyo mataas nga ‘yun. Then, we will coordinate with the authorities to have an anti-scalping drive around MOA. Also, we will not sell the upper box and general admission tickets until the patron and lower box are sold out," he said.

“We will also not pre-sell the SRO tickets kasi baka ‘yun naman ang investan ng enterprising resellers,” Barrios added.

Barrios also said they will also make sure to allocate tickets to be sold during gameday itself.

“Iniiwasan natin na sa takilya sold-out tapos eto naman ‘yung mga scaplers, nagpe-peddle sa surrounding area ng MOA,” shared Barrios, who had a meeting with SM Tickets on Tuesday to iron out procedures for the selling of Fiba Olympic qualifying tickets.

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