IT'S not just the La Salle faithful who are mighty glad the Archers are back in the Final Four for the first time in two years.
Scalpers are, too.
With the stage set for the first playoff meeting between the Archers and arch-rivals Ateneo since 2007, scalpers expect to make a killing ahead of the big game on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
This early, tickets released on sale to the public have been sold out and the Big Dome's ticketing arm, TicketNet, said there is no assurance that a new bulk of tickets will be put on sale early on Saturday.
Tickets are still available in schools, but students have aired gripes on social networking sites that getting your hands on one means enduring hours of waiting in long lines.
As expected, a lot of tickets still fell in the hands of scalpers despite a new rule put in place this season limiting the sale of tickets to Ateneo-La Salle games to students of the two elite schools.
This early patron seats at the Big Dome, priced at P350 at TicketNet, are being sold for P7,000 to P8,000 in the black market, or at least 20 times their original price.
The price is only bound to go higher in the hours before the match.
Meanwhile, tickets for the other Final Four match between University of Santo Tomas and National University, which are sold separately, are also selling like hotcakes, Big Dome agents said.
Patron tickets have been sold out but upper box and general admission seats are still available, according to TicketNet at posting time.