IT may not be an Ateneo-La Salle game, but tickets for Game One of the UAAP seniors basketball finals between the Blue Eagles and the University of Santo Tomas Tigers still won't come cheap.
Neither are they easy to get.
Tickets to the opener of the UAAP best-of-three finals were gobbled up by fans the moment these went on sale at the Mall of Asia Arena's ticketing outlets and students from both schools had to endure hours of waiting in long lines just to get their hands on one.
For the not-so-fortunate fans, the only remaining option is the black market but the prevailing rate for tickets for patron seats originally priced at P350 at MOA ticketing outlets is at least P2,000, or more than five times the real price.
The price for the so-called 'nose-bleed seats' have also hit the roof, with P100 general admission tickets being sold for more than P300 and upper-box tickets rising from P175 to P700.
There was even one individual brazen enough to sell Ateneo-UST tickets through Twitter through an account named @UAAPFinalsTix. One of his tweets goes:
“selling patron tix for tomorrow's #ust vs #admu #uaap finals.tweet your contact numbers or DM me. Thanks! #uaaptickets,” @UAAPFinalsTix
However, prices that the anonymous seller quoted were prohibitive: P2,000 for a no-seat, lower-box ticket.
Still, the prices can't even compare to the Ateneo-La Salle game last weekend, where scalpers made a killing by selling patron tickets for as much as P8,000, or more than 20 times their original value.
More than 30,000 fans trooped to the Smart Araneta Coliseum to watch the two Final Four games.