SEA Games tickets still being sold at inflated prices on online sites

SINGAPORE - Tickets for the upcoming South-east Asia (SEA) Games are apparently hot enough to maybe fetch a $600 price tag.

Sellers online are hoping to make a quick buck by selling sold-out tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies and other ticketed SEA Games events.

A check on sites such as Ticketbis and Carousell on Friday showed that June 5 opening ceremony tickets - which originally cost between $12 and $60 - are going for up to $600.

The June 16 closing ceremony tickets - which sold for between $12 and $40 - are being offered for up to $205.

The tickets themselves clearly state: "You shall not resell the tickets."

But SEA Games organisers can't vouch if tickets sold via dealers are authentic.

As early as January, The Straits Times reported that tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies were being resold on such sites at inflated prices, even though tickets were still available.

At the time, Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) urged the public to buy tickets only through official sources. It also put up an advisory regarding the issue on the Games' official website.

Mr Toh Boon Yi, Singsoc executive committee's chief of community and corporate outreach, had said then that there were no authorised ticket resellers.

He also reminded the public that inauthentic tickets will not be valid for entrance into competition venues and the opening and closing ceremonies.

He repeated the message in a report in The New Paper on Friday.

jalmsab@sph.com.sg