In just a few hours away, the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the De La Salle Green Archers will face off for Game 2 of the UAAP Season 71 finals. Game 1 has been snatched by ADMU so will they complete the sweep against DLSU or will DLSU bounce back in order to lengthen the series to Game 3?
UAAP Season 70
Last year, I was following the games and was able to watch some of the games live. I was able to see Ateneo defeat UST, La Salle defeat ADMU and La Salle sweeping UE in the finals to become champions. But with the departure of Pocholo and TY, can DLSU still manage to hold on to their championship? or will they bow to Ateneo? Will blue be the color this year in the UAAP?
That was a lot of questions but my real concern for this post is really on how hard it is to acquire tickets and how scalpers can take advantage of these tickets.
Overpriced game tickets
Normally, you can get tickets for less than Php500 only. Even the best seat in the house (Patron) is priced at PHP325. The cheapest ticket would be General Admission that is being sold at Php55 only. The value of these tickets should stay the same regardless of who’s fighting but for some reason, if it is Ateneo vs Lasalle and especially if it is the UAAP finals, you can really see these prices jack up to more than 10x, 20x or even 100x than their original price.
I’ve been reading some advertisements (ebay, multiply, sulit.com.ph) and found a lot of outrageous prices for these supposedly cheap tickets. Check out this ebay search for UAAP and you will see what I mean.
- Gen Ad tickets being sold at around PHP200-PHP300 each
- Upper B tickets being sold at around PHP800-PHP1000 each
- Upper A tickets being sold at around PHP2000-PHP4000 each
- I’m not sure on the selling price for Lower box tickets
- Patron tickets being sold at around PHP8000-PHP25000 each
You know what makes these jack up prices possible? It is the die-hard fans who are willing to shell out their allowances or hard-earned money just to see the games of their Alma Mater. It is simply the law of supply and demand. Those who have the tickets know that the demand for them is very high but with limited supplies so they increase the prices knowing that people will still buy them. The fans of these two schools are that desperate to see them face off live.
This is something I could not understand. If it was me, I’ll go line up at ticket outlets to buy tickets but if I could not get any tickets, I will not go to such extremes as to buy from scalpers. I’d simply go home and watch it in the television. Well, people would say that the experience is different and I know it is. I have watched a DLSU-ADMU game live and it was really exciting to say the least but, still, buying those overpriced tickets isn’t practical at all. I wish somebody who buys from scalpers would tell me why they do it.
Let’s get in on to Game 2!
Good luck Ateneo! Good luck La Salle. I really hope La Salle wins else it would be really embarassing although things doesn’t look to good for the green archers.