DAVAO CITY - Those planning to watch the PBA out-of-town game in this city over the weekend will have to fight for the few hundred tickets left.
With a week to go before the PBA holds a game here for the first time since last year’s simultaneous season opening, local organizers said only 15 percent of the tickets remain unsold for the match between Rain or Shine and Meralco on Saturday at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) Gym.
Architect Hector Magno of the organizing Arki Quest said during the Fast Fridays media forum at the Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta in SM Lanang Premier that they have implemented a guaranteed seating arrangement for better crowd control in the PBA Philippine Cup match.
Game starts at 4:30 p.m.
Magno said it helped that several Gilas players are in the line up of ROS and Meralco. Bannering the Elasto Painters are Gilas Pilipinas standouts Gabe Norwood, Paul Lee, Jeff Chan and Beau Belga while the Bolts will also have Gilas mainstay Gary David in their roster.
The PBA tickets are priced at P1,800 for the best seats at ringside, P1,500 for courtside seats, P1,000 for lower box, P800 for upper box and P600 for general admission.
Architect Josephine Lu said organizers expect a sellout similar to last season's opening games held here, the reason they implemented numbered seats.
Part of the proceeds will go to the completion of a kindergarten school building for Matigsalog children in Salumay.
Organizers have also prepared a slam dunk contest and a three-point shootout featuring local college standouts to serve as the appetizer for the game.
Serving as judges in the contest are PBA coaches Norman Black of Meralco and Yeng Guiao of Rain Or Shine.
Magno said the contestants were handpicked from University of Mindanao, Ateneo de Davao University, Jose Maria College, John Paul College and Holy Cross of Davao College.