THE Philippine Sports Commission said on Monday it will request the Mall of Asia Arena and Smart-Araneta Coliseum to slash by half the ticket prices for the Shanghai Sharks' two exhibition games against Gilas Pilipinas and a PBA selection next month to encourage more people to watch the matches.
PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia said it would be best if ticket prices for the May 6 and 7 games will be made affordable for the fans since the project, dubbed the Philippines-China Friendship Games, was organized not to turn a profit but to foster better relations between the two countries.
“This is not a project to make money, so we will request for a 50 percent discount para mas maraming manood,” said Garcia.
Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will be visiting the country in his capacity as team owner of the Shanghai Sharks, a professional squad seeing action in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Tickets for the two games have been priced at least twice as much as those for regular PBA games, with VIP tickets at the MOA Arena for the May 6 match between Gilas and the Sharks costing P2,640, as compared to the P1,050 tickets the venue is selling for the PBA semifinal matches.
In the May 7 game at the Big Dome pitting the Sharks against a PBA selection, general admission tickets are worth P320, or six times more than their P55 value for the PBA semifinals.
Garcia said he hopes the ticket prices can be driven down to the range of UAAP tickets.
“The cheaper, the better,” said Garcia.
Garcia also called on sports fans to support the two exhibition games since the project is aimed at fostering friendship between the two countries.