In order to create smooth entry into the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe for Saturday’s explosive 2017 Carlsberg Cup final match between Malawi’s arch rivals mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets, organisers, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says there no tickets shall be sold on the match day at the stadium gates but elsewhere.
This is a positive response considering that several people died on July 6 during the country’s Independence Day celebration following a stampede because the gates were opened late and there was a scramble by the people to get inside and secure seats.
FAM says the main gates of the outer perimeter shall be cordoned off and and anybody passing through this area will have to have match day tickets.
“People are encouraged to observe single file queuing as they get into the stadium,” says Limbani Cliff Matola, Fam’s Commercial & Marketing Director in a statement released on Monday.
He said to ensure that fans have easy access to the stadium in anticipation of traffic congestion on match day, fans are advised to consider taking the following routes when traveling to the stadium;
Those coming from Dedza, Bunda and Likuni directions should use the by-pass road that go up to Mchinji round about and buy there tickets from Gateway Mall Car Park and proceed to the stadium. Those from Mponela, Dowa, Salima and Kanengo areas are to buy their tickets from Area 18 filling station and proceednto the stadium and those from Area 25, Area 49, Gulliver and surrounding areas are to buy their tickets at Area 49 junction close to the Chinese Village.
“FAM, in collaboration with Carlsberg Malawi, is working very hard to deliver the best and most memorable football experience in recent times. And this is our joint promise.
“Tickets will be sold in advance and will be available in all strategic selling points in Lilongwe City from the morning of Tuesday 5th September. We have decided to sell tickets in advance to provide opportunity to many football lovers to easily access the tickets before the match day.
“The incentive is that all people who will buy the tickets in advance will buy them at much cheaper price than on match day,” Matola said.
The price for the tickets is as follows;
Covered/Open Stands at K2,000 advance K3,000 match day; VIP Stands K7,500 advance K9,000 match day; Corporate Box – East (for 10 people) K80,000 advance K95,000 match day; Corporate Box – West (for 10 people) K100,000 advance K120,000 match day;
Car Pass is at K500.
Matola said the advance tickets are being sold at Likuni filling station, Kawale filling station, Area 23 filling station, Kafoteka filling station, Area 18 filling station, Area 25 Chipiku Stores, Gateway Mall car park, Lilongwe Game Stores car Park, Area 49 Junction, Bingu National Stadium and all FDH Bank branches in Lilongwe City.
“Corporate Box tickets are only being sold at Bingu National Stadium to ease allocation to the deserving corporates. Our esteemed Corporate Clients are being encouraged to contact 0999 87 87 54 or 0881 87 87 54 in order to reserve their boxes which will be allocated based on first-come-first served basis.
“We would like to encourage the supporters of the two teams to ensure they remain disciplined and peaceful as they joyfully rally their support to their beloved teams.
“We have collaborated with the police to ensure that security before, during and after the match is tightened up and that the 2017 Carlsberg Cup final match goes down in history as the best ever, without violence or any unnecessary injuries,” Matola said.