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Rethink Champs grandstand ticket sales

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

While there are limitations with the seating capacity of the grandstand area, I am forced to ponder why grandstand tickets for Boys and Girls' Champs are seen as premium and never seem to be available to those who wish to purchase them - on a first-come basis, of course. Why are these tickets not issued to the participating schools for easy access to stakeholders?

I really don't believe that ISSA, or any one principal, should be the major retailer of tickets. Tickets should be distributed to schools based on the relative size of their participating team. No school should feel it is being held to ransom by its archrival who controls the ticket distribution. So all schools would place their orders directly to ISSA, and ISSA would distribute without bias.

Every year, on the Saturday before Champs commences, ISSA announces the sale of tickets at the Stadium ticket office. This has forced persons to camp out overnight under inhumane conditions, only to hear an announcement, shortly after the office opens, that grandstand tickets have been sold out. In my opinion, there is no need to open a ticket office at the stadium as the large majority of the persons seeking to purchase tickets are connected to a school and would find it more convenient to order from the school they support. Let the liaison be between the supporters and their schools - not ISSA.

I really think the time has long gone for a review of how tickets are sold and distributed - even with the limitation of spacing in the grandstand area.

PAT WILLIAMS BIGNALL

wilbig@cwjamaica.com