THE coming PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals is bound to break all records, both in terms of attendance and television ratings.
This was the assessment of PBA chairman and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel governor Robert Non as the Gin Kings and the Alaska Aces prepare to square off in Game One at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Of course, I am confident na kaya nating burahin ang mga standing record sa gate receipts, even sa television viewership,” said Non, pointing out that the best-of-five finals will be aired live on TV5 which has wider reach and bigger viewership than IBC 13.
Ticket sales for the last three games of the Ginebra-Talk 'N Text semfinalseries hit a combined 59,029 - including a record 23,108 in Game Three which served as the main game of a double-header that also featured the match between Alaska and San Mig Coffee.
The standalone Game Five of the Ginebra-Talk 'N Text series lured 21,480 fans to the Big Dome.
Non, however, is looking beyond those figures.
“Tingin ko kaya nating pumalo ng hanggang 24,000 sa venue. Safe pa rin yun, I think,” said Non.
Non has also advised games venues - all the Finals matches, save for Game Two at the Mall of Asia Arena, will be played at the Big Dome - to release Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets as soon as possible.
“Kailangan na nila talagang planuhin yun, kasi mangyayari at mangyayari yung ganun kalaking demand dun (SRO tickets) unless maglagay sila ng giant screen sa labas,” said Non.
“Hindi lang kasi fans ng Ginebra ang kailangan natin paghandaan dito - pati 'yung fans ng Alaska. Established na team na yun. Malaki rin ang fan base nila,” said the San Miguel official.
Meanwhile, Ticketnet has already stopped selling tickets online, limiting the sale to designated booths and outlets.