The Standard Bank Cup semi final match involving Blantyre based giants Mighty Wanderers and Big Bullets played Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Silver Stadium in the capital city grossed a whooping K6,774,500 in gate collections.
This is a new record collection for all games played at the 15,000-seater Silver Stadium, which has a smaller capacity compared to Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre (35,000) and Civo Stadium in Lilongwe (25,000).
From the amount, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and the two teams got K1,106,500 each with the ground owners pocketing the largest chunk of K1,187,555.
Cashiers received a total of K472,000, supervisors K637,500, Police K531,500, Stewarts K297,500, Red Cross K35,000 and Sports Council K237,000.
Amongst the spectators at the stadium was Malawi’s Vice President Khumbo Kachali, who came in after the first half.
He watched Wanderers cancel Bullets’ 1-0 first half lead then win the game in post-match penalties to wing into the final.
Observers feel the revenue could have been higher had Fam stuck to the earlier suggestion of letting people pay K500 for open stands and K2,000 VIP/Covered stands.
The association had further hiked the fees to K3,000 for VIP/Covered Stands and K1,000 Open Stands.
This resulted in a lot of people shunning the game as evidenced by the many empty seats in the open and covered stands.