Quiet start to Champs ticket sales at National Stadium
There were no crazy crowds or the customary chaos when tickets for next week's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boy and Girls Athletics Championships went on sale at 8 o'clock this morning at the National Stadium.
Just over 100 persons or so lined up in the National Stadium Car Park; some from as early as 4 a.m., as they sough to get their hands on the usually much sought after tickets ahead of the March 15-19 track and field spectacle set for the same venue.
"I have been here from before 5 a.m. because I really wanted to ensure that I avoided the rush and madness", said Mark Wilson, who added that he was travelling from St Catherine.
He was not alone, several vendors, offering everything from fried egg to tea were also present from the crack of dawn as were a strong police and private security detail.
One police constable, who asked not to be named, was quite satisfied with the orderly nature of the proceedings minutes before the first ticket was sold, but was cautiously optimistic about how the rest of the exercise might pan out.
"Its been surprisingly quiet, but let's wait and see how things turn out when the ticket sale actually starts" said the constable.
Entry will be free for the bleachers and grandstand on Tuesday's opening day of the championships.
On Wednesday and Thursday, tickets will cost $100 (children) and $500 adults (for both sections).
The bleachers price increases to $500 ($350 for students in uniform) for Friday, with grandstand tickets going for $3,500.
Saturday's marquee day will cost patrons $1,500 for bleachers tickets and $4,500 for a seat in the grandstand. Season tickets will cost $9,000 for Category One and $8,000 for Category Two.
The ticket sale will continue on Monday at the National Stadium's ticket office, situated just across the road from the venue's car park.