THE long queues that formed outside the Smart-Araneta Coliseum early Thursday morning only confirms a obvious fact – the UAAP men’s basketball Finals between University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle is a bound to be a blockbuster.
Tickets for Game Two of the best-of-three Finals are almost sold out two days before the Tigers and Archers meet again at the Big Dome, leaving fans who waited for hours empty-handed.
Spin.ph caught up with avid fans of both schools who braved the noontime heat just to get hold of the precious tickets that are being sold for two each per buyer.
As of post time, only a few general admission tickets were left unsold.
“Sobrang lakas ng demand ng tickets. Ang haba ng pila sa labas, kanina pa `yun,” said Gines Enriquez, spokesperson for the Araneta Coliseum.
The Tigers survived the Archers by a cliffhanger, 73-72, to win Game One of the championship series witnessed by a crowd of 20, 525 fans.
The number is expected to grow during the weekend game when the Archers try to prevent a Tigers sweep and forge a winner-take-all showdown.
Big Dome management is still waiting for reports from sister company TicketNet regarding the possibility of releasing SRO (Standing Room Only) tickets.
“No memo yet from them (management). Pero with the current demand, we might release SRO soon,” said Enriquez.
The Araneta Coliseum spokesperson also explained how tickets are distributed.
“Nasa mga schools kasi ang majority ng tickets. So upon release, kinukuha agad nila yan,” Enriquez said. “Ten percent lang ang natitira sa amin for selling.”
The small percentage of tickets left at Araneta are mostly the higher seats such as upperbox and general admission.
“May babalik lang sa amin kung may isasauli ang mga schools na hindi nila nai-distribute, pero with this demand you’re looking at, I doubt kung may babalik pa sa amin,” Enriquez added.
Even alumni and officials of both UST and La Salle are also finding it hard buying extra tickets.
“Ang lakas ng demand ng tickets ngayon. Ang hirap humanap,” said UST team manager Rudy Yu.
“Lalo ngayon nanalo kami. Kaya expected na mas mahirap humanap ng tickets sa side ng UST,” added the team official who is still trying to secure tickets for his family.