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Champs Grandstand woes - Tickets sold out hours after going on sale

Published:Sunday | March 13, 2016 | 3:00 AMAndre Lowe
A security guard (right) keeps persons in line as they tried to gets tickets for the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships.

A shortage of grandstand tickets was the only blimp on what was a largely successful start yesterday morning to ticket sales for this week's ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.

Just over 100 persons were already in line when the first ticket was sold yesterday at a couple of minutes after 8 a.m. at the National Stadium car park.

And although things appeared to be going smoothly, the exercise was not without complaint as persons tried to get a hold on the hottest ticket in town.

Two portable toilets, ample security personnel, and a clear flow-management system showed that considerable thought was given to this year's sale.

However, there were more than a few complaints as a number of ticket hopefuls were not able to get their hands on tickets for the grandstand section.

There were also calls for several improvements to the system going forward, such as greater consideration for senior citizens, a separate facility for persons who only need a single ticket, as well as a different line for persons purchasing grandstand tickets.

"This is 2016. We are not in the year 2015. We cannot treat senior citizens like this. There are quite a few senior citizens here," one elderly woman could be heard saying.

Chairman of the Organising Committee Colleen Montague agreed that it could have been better.

"We are never satisfied with how tickets sales go," Montague said. "In terms of the systems and the set-up that we have in place, that went very well. In terms of the supply for the demand that was there, we did not have as many grandstand tickets."

Montague, who is also principal of Wolmer's Girls School, was open to the suggestions made in terms of having separate facilitation for senior citizens and persons who are only buying a single ticket.

"We could certainly consider these ideas. We are always open to suggestions," added Montague.

The ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships will take place at the National Stadium from March 15-19.