TICKETS to the much-anticipated NBA preseason game between the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets at the Mall of Asia Arena sold briskly on Sunday amid reports of hoarders immediately cornering the best seats within hours of the start of the sale.
SM Group of Companies, which owns the MOA Arena, made the tickets to the October 10 event available to the public beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday through its official website and all SM ticket outlets nationwide.
General admission tickets were sold out in less than an hour.
SM had announced that fans could only reserve up to two tickets per person when transacting online, but did not specify a limit on how many one could purchase from the ticket booths.
Apparently, no limit was followed.
SPIN.ph has learned that a number of customers took advantage of the lax sale by hoarding an unreasonable number of tickets from all sections, with one family seen buying at least 400 tickets which cost more than half a million pesos during one transaction at SM Centerpoint in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Hoarded tickets usually land in the hands of scalpers.
A frustrated buyer told Spin.ph he had high hopes of getting general admission tickets (P550) after arriving early with less than 20 people at the line during that time.
Unfortunately, a family at the booth took their sweet time while cornering 400 tickets for the best seats in a single transaction.
And with ticket sales ongoing online and in all other SM branches, the man was soon left with nothing to buy.
“Sayang lang ang gising namin ng maaga. Nakapila naman kami agad kaso ang tagal nung nasa unahan at na-sold out na lang ang tickets na gusto namin,” the source said.
Similar reports coming in from other ticket outlets showed the incident was not isolated.
When asked by SPIN.ph about the two-tickets-per-person policy, SM Tickets employees manning the booths claimed the rule only applied to online transactions.
SM Tickets could not be reached for comment as of posting time.
Prices are as follows: Section E Gray P550; Section D Orange P4,200; Section C Blue P8,400; Premium B Green P27,000; Premium A Red 32,300 and Courtside Yellow P54,000.