To accommodate fans who have failed to secure tickets in last Sunday's opening matches at the Philsports Arena, organizers of the Philippine Super Liga women's volleyball tournament have decided to open the gates to more PSL fans on Wednesday and Friday at The Arena in San Juan.
Ramon 'Tats' Suzara, PSL president and CEO, said San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez and PSL Chairman Philip Ella Juico have inked a pact to offer The Arena free to the public after hundreds of fans were not able to watch the PSL opening due to Philsport Arena's capacity limit of a little over 7,500 seats.
Suzara also said that it is part of the league's thrust to keep the public close to the sport which had gained a resurgence not only in the country but in Southeast Asia, and offering the public limited free access to the matches could further boost interest in volleyball.
"We are so sorry we had to turn away so many fans who have asked us for free tickets on opening day," Suzara said. "But we have reached the capacity limit at the Philsports although we had wanted to accommodate as many fans as we could."
"The Arena, through the support of Mayor Gomez, could accommodate more fans for two playing days. And then we'll go back to the Philsports for the next games until the championships," Suzara added.
Cagayan Valley, which had to outlast Philippine Army on Sunday, 25-23, 25-27, 26-24, 14-25, 15-12, seeks for its second win vs PCSO-Bingo Milyonaryo at 4 pm on Wednesday, following the 2 pm opener between Cignal, 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 winner over Petron.
Petron, meanwhile, looks to rebound against PLDT-MyDSL, which surprised erstwhile favored PSCO-Bingo Milyonaryo, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-20, at 6 pm.
Friday's games will gave PLDT-MyDSL vs Cagayan Valley at 2 pm; Petron vs TMS-Philippine Army at 4 pm; and PCSO-Bingo Milyonaryo vs Cignal at 6 pm.
Games at the Philsports Arena will resume on Sunday.
The league, with Solar Sports as partner, Mikasa as official ball, and Asics as official shoes, is backed by the PSC, the San Juan Arena, Healthway Medical, LGR outfitter, Lenovo, Vibram Five Fingers and Pagcor.