Local badminton fans said the increased ticket prices are unjustifiable for seats with poor views.
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Badminton fans have decried the expensive ticket prices to watch the Petronas Malaysia Open 2023 next year.
According to BAM, the Super 1000 tournament will be held from 10 to 15 January 2023 at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil and tickets start selling today, 5 December 2022, at 11am.
A netizen @baldhaenton_ shared that the prices of Petronas Malaysia Open 2023 tickets are way above what ordinary Malaysians can afford with minimum wages.
She also tagged the recently appointed Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh, imploring her to look into the matter. Meanwhile, some netizens tagged the former Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq as well.
Hi YB @hannahyeoh. Boleh tak minta tolong check kan semula harga ticket Petronas Malaysia Open 2023. Harga agak merepek untuk gaji rakyat Malaysia yang rata-rata berpendapatan RM1500 sebulan. Rakyat marhaen pun nak tengok sukan badminton in real life.— YBAE Mimms (@baldhaenton_) December 4, 2022
Another netizen said the price is unjustifiable due to the poor views from the seats allocated.
The ticket this year for one day costs RM600 for the Super Fan and VIP seats. In 2022, the ticket cost RM680 for all tournament days in the Premium seat.
pmo 2022 rm680 for all days but pmo 2023 rm600 for one freaking day 🤡 pic.twitter.com/h5fxkFGPEp— bobe (@jijiabaobei) December 3, 2022
Other netizens suggested badminton fans avoid buying tickets to lower the demand or settle for the cheapest seats.
A check on the ticket list showed the cheapest ticket costs RM 40 on the first day in the Upper B seats.
To watch the finals, fans will still have to fork out RM90 for one day in the Upper B seats.
Some people believed the price went up exorbitantly because the S1000 tournament is on par with the All England and the Indonesia Open tournaments.
A few of them also don’t think ministers can get involved to change the ticket prices.
cara mudah nak turunkan harga tiket adalah dengan tidak membeli. Bila supply>demand… harga confirm turun. Dorang berani tekan harga selagi ada yang nak beli 😥— Rizal • (@mr_jekfer) December 4, 2022
Mungkin sebab s1000 ni setaraf all england dan indonesia open.— syam (@Ifnli) December 4, 2022
This is S1000, the top level badminton, of course pricey la, if cannot afford VIP then buy the cheapest one, just like Blackpink concert, I don't think Minister can get involve such thing— Ken (@Kenken0606) December 4, 2022