Cheapest Afcon ticket R50 for double-header
CHEAP tickets, the lowest costing R50 for two matches, have been made available for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in a bid to avoid an empty stadiums fiasco.
Local organising committee chief executive Mvuso Mbebe yesterday said the target was for the man on the street to pack the venues, a consistent shortcoming in local football where Premier Soccer League match tickets cost only R40.
Mbebe said discounts would also be offered to fans purchasing tickets before the October 26 final Afcon draw to be held in Durban, with more markdowns being accessible in three different phases.
The organising committee plan to sell a minimum of 500 000 tickets before kick-off on January 19 at Soccer City.
"We've guaranteed fans two matches for one ticket because we will have double-headers throughout the group stages of the tournament. Our tickets range from R50 during the round-robin stage to R200 for the final," said Mbebe.
Previous Afcon hosts Equatorial Guinea and Gabon failed to achieve capacity crowds for most of the competition held from January 21 to February 12. Mbebe is adamant that will not be the case in South Africa.
"There's no plan B for tickets not sold; that's how confident we are that our tickets will be so cheap the ordinary fan will be able to afford them and buy for their families," he said.
Mbebe was in London at the Olympics during the ticket debacle there, and the LOC boss said the learning curve couldn't have come at a better time. "It's not enough just to look at the categories. We have to aim at particular economic circles. For us, category 3 is for the poorest of the poor in this country," he said.
It is often only Soweto derbies between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates that totally pack stadiums. But all games in the PSL and those featuring Bafana Bafana - who will play in the opening match of the Nations Cup - were used as benchmarks for pricing.
"Dealing with a different profile of people, we saw that the cheapest 2010 World Cup ticket was R140 and looked at how many people bought those tickets. We had to be conscious of those past events," Mbebe said.
Tight security, following scenes of hooliganism in the PSL over the past two weeks, will also be enforced.