TICKETS to the Shanghai Sharks matches against Gilas Pilipinas and a PBA selection next month won't come cheap.
With former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming coming over to accompany the Chinese Basketball Association club which he owns, tickets to the Sharks matches on May 6 and 7 are priced more than twice as much as those for regular games in the local pro league.
VIP tickets for the May 6 match at the Mall of Asia Arena between the Sharks and the Gilas squad that is preparing for the Fiba-Asia Men's Basketball Championship in August will be sold at P2,640 while the supposedly cheapest tickets for general admission are still worth P320.
Those same seats are priced at P1,050 and P125, respectively, for Game Two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series between Alaska and San Mig Coffee on Monday, also at the MOA Arena.
Patron seats at Mall of Asia Arena are worth P1,320 while lower box and upper box tickets are pegged at P1,060 and P800 respectively.
Meanwhile, the P320 general admission tickets for the May 7 game at The Big Dome between the Sharks and a PBA selection at the Big Dome will be sold almost six times more than their P55 value during Sunday’s Game Two of the best-of-five series between Barangay Ginebra and Talk ‘N Text.
Courtside tickets for the May 7 game are worth P2,650, patron P1,325, lower box P1,060, and upper box P530 to P795.
The exhibition matches dubbed as the Philippines-China Friendship Games were arranged as part of a memorandum agreement between the Philippine Sports Commission and the Chinese Ministry for Sports calling for sports cooperation between the two countries.