With 48 hours to go before the do-or-die UAAP Finals Game 3 between the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers and the Far Eastern University Tamaraws on December 2, tickets to the much anticipated battle has become the hottest commodity in town.
Scheduled to be released 10am on Monday on-site and online, fans from both schools have lined up at different SM Tickets outlets even before the break of down to ensure they secure the coveted tickets.
Former UST courtside reporter Claude Despabiladeras posted a video on his Facebook page showing fans and supporters in a mad scramble at SM City North EDSA with hopes of purchasing the coveted tickets. He claimed that only eight tickets were sold and only the first two people in line were able to avail of them. Only a maximum of four tickets may be sold to each buyer.
“So how many did I get to buy? Zero, despite arriving there early enough at around 9:45 a.m.!” Despabiladeras said in his post.
Those who were lucky enough to secure tickets had to wait in line for hours —
— Vin Gain (@gevingain) November 30, 2015
There were others, too, who took advantage of the scarcity of the hard-to-get tickets and are peddling them online for double or thrice the price — something that irked those who can’t get a hold of even a single ticket even more.
— UST CCTV (@UST_CCTV) November 30, 2015
According to SM Tickets, roughly 3,000 tickets or 10% of the total number are sold in all 15 outlets including the SM Tickets website.
The remaining 90% are divided among UST and FEU to be sold in their respective campuses.
Game 2 which held last Saturday, November 28, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum had an attendance of 21,933 – one of the highest in a UAAP Finals match-up.
The rubbermatch between the Tigers and Tamaraws is slated on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) in Pasay City.