LONG lines at SM Tickets outlets and heavy traffic on its website added to the woes of cage fans keen to get hold of tickets for Gilas Pilipinas' campaign in the Fiba-Asia Championship knockout stages beginning with a quarterfinal match-up against Kazakhstan on Friday night.
A big spike in the price of tickets for the knockout stages have not dampened the demand among fans who have either endured waiting in line for hours or encountered problems accessing the SM Tickets website in their bid to purchase tickets online.
Tickets for the match against Kazakhstan range from P150 to P3,800 after organizers raised the prices for the 'evening sessions' or prime games ahead of the knockout rounds. (For full story, see Ticket prices hit roof as demand spikes after Gilas' stroke of good luck)
Fans who tried buying tickets online, however, said the SM Tickets website was either offline or slow to load, most likely because of heavy traffic on the site.
There were also reports that the website crashed later in the day.
“Enter nang enter ng credit card details, nag-hang. Hindi na tuloy na-proseso,” said an exasperated fan.
With tickets to the Kazakhstan match snapped up in a jiffy, fans have turned their sights on tickets for a possible Gilas Saturday semifinal against the winner of the Qatar-Korea match-up worth between P150 to P4,500 and tickets for the finals priced from P150 to P5,300.
However, value of these tickets will go down significantly if Gilas fails to get that far.
“Nagkakaubusan na rin daw ng tickets for Saturday kaya games sa Sunday nalang ang bibilhin ko,” said another fan.
Netizens also reported long lines at the SM Megamall ticket outlet where they claim only general admission tickets are being sold.
Another fan said that his brother has been lining up at an SM Tickets outlet at the Mall of Asia for an hour but, as of posting time, has yet to purchase any ticket.