Township Rollers Director, Jaghdish Shah, has defended the high ticket prices for the CAF championships league return leg game against Kaizer Chiefs on February 28. Shah said the prices were determined by the high costs involved in taking part in the CAF games.
Local football lovers are up in arms protesting what they term over-priced tickets for this game. Supporters are wondering why the match tickets were much cheaper in South Africa than locally. For the first leg in South Arica the cheapest ticket was R45 while in Botswana the cheapest is P75.
According to Rollers' officials, the tickets for the 2nd round game at the national stadium are going at P75 for the south and north stands, P100 for the east stand, P500 for the middle grand stand and P200 for the remaining two stands. Foot-ball lovers are now up in arms complaining that this is a rip-off of their hard-earned money.
When reacting to this, Shah revealed that they came to these prices after a long discussion as the management and the organising committee. “The two ultimately settled for these prices because as you may know, there are high expenses associated with hosting this game. Since we did not have any sponsors at that time and the tickets were the only way to recover the costs,” explained Shah.
He said to host this game, P750 000 is needed to cover all the expenses. He is confident that even though some people are of the view that the tickets are expensive, Batswana will come in large numbers to the stadium.
“Kaizer Chiefs are a very big club and a crowd-puller. I am hopeful that supporters would love to come and see the team play in Botswana,” he said. Shah also thanked Botswana National Sports Council for allowing the team to use the stadium free of charge. He said this will reduce the expenses they will incur.
According to Shah, they are targeting to sell a total of 60% of the 17 000 tickets available for sale. Shah, who is also the team’s main financier, said they are targeting to make at least P500 000 from the 60% of the tickets they are expecting to sell. He said by Wednesday, more than 7000 tickets had been sold and more people were queuing up for them.
The tickets have been sold at a discounted price from February 10th until the 15th February 2014. During that time the tickets were selling at P75 for Panda and P50 for the other stands. This, according to Rollers' officials, was made for football lovers to buy them in advance as there will be no tickets sold at the stadium. “No tickets will be available at the stadium, so people have to buy them in advance to avoid any last minute inconvenience. We will stop selling tickets at 10:00 on the day of the game,” said Shah.