Fans looking to get tickets for the 2017 Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open are advised to buy them from the Sarawak Unity Stadium in Petra Jaya this Friday, and not today as rumoured.
When contacted, Dr. Ong Kong Swee, Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Sports Corporation, said those who have already bought tickets from ticketing agents would need to redeem the official tickets at the same location on the mentioned date.
"We apologise for any inconvenience caused regarding the lateness in distributing and selling the official tickets, as we wanted to add some precautionary elements on the tickets before distributing them.
"The process has been completed and we urge all badminton fans to purchase the tickets between 11am and 5pm this Friday," he said.
He also added that the demand for the tickets has been extraordinary and the sales are expected to also come from Japan, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei.
"I would like to remind the fans to buy tickets from the official sellers and not to be influenced by the sales on the black market
"I also hope that everyone will be more cautious to avoid being swindled into buying fake tickets," he said.
According to him, due to popular demand, the tickets for the semi-finals and final will still be for sale but at a limited amount.
"We will sell it based on a first-come, first-served basis," he said.
He also said each individual is allowed to purchase up to two tickets, while those who have already bought from agents will need to bring along their official receipts and identity cards to redeem the official tickets.
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