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    Araneta, PBA expecting record Game Five crowd as tickets nearly sold out

    May 12, 2013

    IF you already have tickets for Sunday’s win-or-go-home game between Barangay Ginebra and Talk 'N Text, then consider yourself quite lucky.

    Majority of the tickets for Game Five of the PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinal playoff have already been snapped up by fans, although Smart Araneta Coliseum officials are set to sell SRO (standing room only) tickets on the morning of the highly anticipated match.

    Araneta Coliseum marketing officer Maya Bono told that tickets have been selling briskly the moment these were made available on Ticketnet on Saturday morning, and only a few VIP tickets, worth P3,000, and general admission tickets were available at posting time.

    The rest of the tickets for the 11 other seat classifications, including reserved seating, patron and lower box, are already sold out, she added.

    “Yes, tickets are sold out already. And we won’t be surprised if before the night ends, ubos na rin ang VIP and general admission,” Bono, wife of PBA forward Ken Bono, said.

    “Actually, nag-overtime yung staff ng Ticketnet nung Friday night just to print the tickets in time for the release,” Bono added.

    With the huge demand, Bono said the turnout for the Sunday match should be well above 15,000 and she won't be surprised if the crowd comes close, if not surpasses, the all-time record of 23,108 fans that turned up to watch Wednesday's semifinal double-header.

    She said the Big Dome is set to release SRO tickets a few hours before gametime to meet the demand.

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    “We’re gonna try to accommodate as many fans as we can without sacrificing the safety of the crowd,” she added. “We want the fans to fully enjoy Game Five."

    Meanwhile, learned that scalpers have been selling tickets at more than three times their original price.

    In last Wednesday’s two-game bill alone, courtside seats priced at P700 were sold for around P2,500.

    Even Ticketnet had long been regulating the sale of tickets, setting a limited number per buyer, to discourage scalping, but to no avail.

    “Hindi nga namin alam how they manage to get hold of those tickets eh,” said Bono.

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