THE UAAP has come out with a statement denouncing scalping amid the rampant selling of outrageously priced tickets in the black market ahead of Game Two of the UAAP men's basketball finals between University of Santo Tomas on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“The UAAP denounced such overpricing of tickets. UAAP basketball fans are advised not to deal with scalpers,” said UAAP secretary treasurer Malou Isip in a statement sent to media outlets.
Hundreds of people who lined up for the few general admission seats released on Friday came home empty-handed, their frustration mounting upon seeing several touts selling tickets online for more than 10 times their original value.
A check online showed Upperbox A tickets originally priced at P800 being peddled for as much as P12,000 while general admission tickets were being sold for as much as P4,500.
Tickets sold at the Big Dome were limited to two each per person. One exasperated fan said he lined up for five hours only to be told that the tickets were already sold out.
A UST fan who talked to Spin.ph but refused to be named said he was shocked to learn that tickets are already being sold online.
“Paano sila nakakakuha ng ticket na ganun-ganun na lang?” said the UST fan. “Ang problema ‘yung mga gusto talagang manood, ‘yun ang walang ticket kasi ginagawang bentahan.”
The anger of fans was fanned by photos circulating on social media sites supposedly of someone identified as an employee of the Big Dome providing tickets to a 'scalper,' shortly after the ticket outlets closed.
Isip, however, has also asked for fans' understanding, saying 80 percent of the tickets allocated to the UAAP have already been split evenly and given to La Salle and UST.
“They also need to realize Araneta Coliseum’s capacity —not everyone can enter the venue,” Isip said. “Our 80 percent allotment were already divided and distributed to the two concerned schools."