THE PBA is making an extra effort to allow more fans to watch Game Six of the Governors Cup finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco after a mix-up denied a lot of them tha chance too secure tickets for the crunch match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
On Tuesday, a number of fans complained on SPIN.ph's social media pages that they lined up as early as 6:30 a.m. at Big Dome ticket outlets, only to be told that there were only a few hundred gallery and SRO (standing room only) tickets being sold on a one-per-buyer basis.
Sought for an explanation, league officials admitted that they indeed announced that tickets for Game Six would be put up for sale on Tuesday.
However, PBA officials explained that they authorized the Big Dome to sell tickets on Monday, not knowing the high demand on that day would wipe out most of the tickets for lower and upper box seats that were supposed to go on sale on Tuesday.
To atone, the PBA said a huge TV screen will be set up just outside the red gate of the Smart Araneta Coliseum for fans who can't be accomodated inside.
"It's the least we could do for more PBA fans to watch Game Six of the finals," said media bureau chief Willie Marcial. "Again, we're sorry for the mix-up."
PBA officials also explained why attendance for Game Five of the Ginebra-Meralco finals spiked to a high of 22,186 when they earlier announced that the Big Dome was scaling down on the number of tickets being sold as a safety precaution after a fan was hurt in the Ginebra-San Miguel series.
Marcial explained that due to the relatively lower turnout in Games Three and Four which they blamed on actual ticket holders not showing up for the games, the PBA requested Big Dome officials to hike the number of SRO and gallery tickets sold on Sunday for Game Six.
"Hindi namin na-anticipate na ganoon kadami ang manonood, considering may bagyo pa," Marcial said.