Tickets for the opening day of the Philippine Basketball Association are selling like pancakes.
League commissioner Chito Salud in a text message informed Tiebreaker Times that about 80 percent of tickets were already sold, giving them enough reason to be more confident they could surpass last season’s previous all-time high record of more than 30,000 combined gathered crowd on opening day.
Last season, the PBA opened in three different venues in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, but this time, the league would open on the biggest arena in the country – the Philippine Arena,
Salud said tickets were already sold to more than 30,000 people with still about a week before the league opened its 40th season.
“I am happy to report that our opening for the PBA’s 40th season this Sunday is being met with enthusiastic response from our fans. I have been informed that 80 percent of the venue tickets have been sold, translating to some 35,000 fans already confirmed to attend,” wrote Salud in a text message.
The Philippine Arena can accommodate as many as 55,000 people. According to the Guinness Book of record, the Philippine Arena holds the record for most attended gathering of worshipers during the Centennial celebration of Iglesia ni Cristo, the group which also owns and operates the arena.
“This is a huge number by any measure that can only become bigger as we get closer to opening day,” said Salud.
“But more than the numbers, we in the PBA feel privileged to have this opportunity to give our fans a treat — fans whose unwavering support have brought PBA to where it is today. Maraming dapat pasalamatan pag dating sa istoryang PBA at ang nasa katuktukan nito ay ang ating mga fans,” added Salud.