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TTFA announces Hex ticket price hike of 17 and 33 percent, early bird specials available

Soca Warriors fans can start purchasing tickets from Monday 17 October for Trinidad and Tobago’s opening Hex outing against Costa Rica on 11 November. But buy early.

Tickets will cost TT$300 (covered stands) and TT$160 (uncovered stands) until 4 November. This is virtually identical to the CONCACAF semifinal round with just a TT$10 increase for uncovered stands.

However, any tickets purchased in the week leading up to the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier will cost TT$360 (covered) and TT$200 (uncovered), which represents a 17 percent and 33 percent price increase for the respective stands.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football fans get behind their team at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, during their World Cup qualifying clash with the United States on 17 November 2015. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football fans get behind their team at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, during their World Cup qualifying clash with the United States on 17 November 2015.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) also has season passes available at all First Citizen’s Bank branches for TT$2,000 (covered) and TT$1,000 (uncovered), which will guarantee holder access to all national team games—for all men’s and women’s teams including senior and youth sides—until November 2017.

There are a total of 6,400 season passes available to the public with 5,000 for the uncovered section and 1,400 for the covered section.

Notably, the TTFA has not yet confirmed the venue for the Costa Rica qualifier. The Warriors faced Costa Rica at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, seven years ago, but have rarely played matched of this significance outside of the Hasely Crawford Stadium, particularly over the last decade.

However, the Port of Spain venue is in poor health due to concerns over lighting, flooding and the playing surface.

Should the TTFA move the Costa Rica match to the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva—which is the only other national stadium with lights—it would mean a drop in seating capacity from 22,000 to 10,000. And there were roughly 20,000 patrons in the stands when the Warriors drew Guatemala 2-2 on 2 September.

The TTFA has not yet explained how it will avoid overselling with Lotto outlets selling match tickets at the same time that First Citizen’s Bank sells season passes.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (centre) terrorises United States players DeAndre Yedlin (right) and Michael Orozco during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (centre) terrorises United States players DeAndre Yedlin (right) and Michael Orozco during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

At present, match tickets are available in all of Trinidad and Tobago’s 900 outlets, which offers easy access for fans throughout the country although there were concerns expressed about the durability and quality of the tickets.

The TTFA has warned fans not to purchase tickets from anyone but the official dealers.

The Warriors lost just once in the CONCACAF Semifinal qualifying round, although they have won only one of their last seven games and were eliminated from the Caribbean Cup on Tuesday after a 2-0 extra time loss to Martinique in Fort-de-France.

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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  1. Why TTFA Cyah get their act together, blatant laziness, in de middle of a world cup campaign and supporters cyah even get proper well designed merchandise, like de adidas York and Latapy jerseys, not even ah bandanna, no marketing strategy, buh dey never ha money ?yet Spanish and English clubs stadium full, and dey selling down to tie pin and tea cup, $1000 & $2000 for season tickets wa is de big difference wit covered and uncovered stands?

  2. Not afta dem get knock out ah cfu steups

  3. Early bird tickets to line up for half the game or to get inside?

  4. And they expect we to be patriotic when we getting raped in this country with no jobs increase gas prices food prices tax increases etc now this well yes I …..

  5. Why sell tickets and it have no venue for the game ????

  6. Really? Is that really necessary? Come on… Hmm.. People have lots of bills… Jeez… Grrrr.. I hate Tthiefa…

  7. Call back Attula Guerra on that team

  8. Hearing complaints about the price but no alternatives.

    What price should the season pass be sold at ? Given that it’s only 5 games you assured of…

    • It was six games at the start of the year long period.

    • I for one gave my views however not much we can do now and 6 by 300 is 1800 so 2000 gives you from for 2 friendlies and with it being a world cup campaign strong team will be looking for good competiton, our position may get us a few regional teams and maybe more games abroad. Foreign teams coming to trinidad of a high standard is highly unlikely atm and lower teams we dont fill the stadium for are are not priced high so as for me I will pay any price but a season pass must never break even it must be a hell of a deal.

    • Ok Narada, so prior to DR game…what price would you have suggested ?

    • Is a 22% discount over 21 games considered a “hell of a deal?”

    • Kirwin I believe in a previous post I said 800 and 1500 is a fair deal and more attractive. and 22% o21 games means i can miss 4 or even 5 games. Again the problem i see is our die hard fans are not all in a position to spend 2k from there salary so this caters to a minority and if you want to fill all games you try to give a deal to the event seekers and your core. This rate leaves no room for missing a match or 2 but i await the additional perks reviews. Easy access in a 22k stadium with about 8 entrances that can be used is not something i should pay for just open the gates, its not maracana. But do keep in mind, its the first time and i am willing to pay so just concerns for the average person

  9. But ent the Oval have issues toi with drainage ? Or that sorted out ? Or it’s football able ?

  10. Can’t pick the right team not going

  11. I was okay with buying the season ticket if it was equivalent to the total price of all the home WC qualifiers but whats the point if its more expensive

  12. Wonder if increased price comes with increased and financial transparency @ TTFA.

  13. A season pass any where in the world is to guarantee an idea of income to the entity but to the audience it’s a numbers game, simple. It’s suppose to be that even if I stay at home I don’t feel like I lost anything. I still believe at this price if u miss a game u have not made it worth it, therein lies the problem, while personally once I’m in tnt I would pay any price this is suppose to be a padded to our culture. How many persons have went to see the team train and it’s mostly always open, by closing it now if they do would more people see that as a perk. Meeting the players most times can be done outside the stadium or at a nightclub that host events sometimes for free after the game, would everyone see this now as a plus. On paper it seems fair but culturally I have my doubts. To understand our season pass culture no need to look to England or USA just use carnival and our famous early bird or 2 for 1 specials. It’s down to price.

  14. Nigel Noel, the average price of a season ticket for the England Premiership is 489 pounds, which is one of the highest in Europe.
    Now you have two cup matches and there are 20 teams. That means you have a minimum of 21 games. The average price for a ticket is 30 pounds.
    So 30 x 21 = 630 pounds.
    That is a savings of 141 pounds or over TT$1,000. Now those are considered some of the most expensive season tickets in all of Europe. Yet the value is miles better than what the TTFA offered.

  15. Chabeth, the average price of a season ticket for the England Premiership is 489 pounds, which is one of the highest in Europe.
    Now you have two cup matches and there are 20 teams. That means you have a minimum of 21 games. The average price for a ticket is 30 pounds.
    So 30 x 21 = 630 pounds.
    So if you work out the maths there, it is chalk and cheese compared to what the TTFA is offering.
    I can’t speak for US sport–that bastion of capitalism–but European football fans won’t be cooing about those prices I think.
    But then again, in Europe being able to get into the gate with stress is a given. Not something you pay extra for.

    • So you’re comparing the discounts given over 21 matches with the discounts given over an unknown number of matches?
      We aren’t going to have anywhere close to 21 matches so we really shouldn’t expect the same discount percentage.
      But in any case…489 is a 22 percent discount from 630.
      5 hex matches at 300 is 1500
      DR match at 200
      Let’s say 3 friendlies across all national teams at 200.
      That’s a total of 2300. The 2k I paid would be a 15% discount.
      You wouldn’t consider that comparable?
      That was your point right?
      (Are any of those final round CFU matches gonna be played here btw?)

    • You spoke of the US system so I showed you the British. Up to you if you’re happy with it. You struck early to get your season pass which is good for you. Because there was only a two day window.
      If you’re happy then cool. Everyone else can look at the info and decide what they think is fair.

    • You’re saying you don’t think it’s fair?
      You don’t think a 15% discount is comparable to a 22%?
      I already did the math for the covered pass. For the uncovered its 160×5 =800 plus the 100 for the DR game takes us to 900. One CFU final round match at 100 and they break even.
      And we haven’t even had a friendly or a match from any of the other national teams.
      Plus the benefits. (Most important of which for me is preferred entry but that hasn’t been properly tested as yet so no room to judge for the moment.)
      What price would you think would be fair?
      You mean if you bought a season pass and enjoyed the benefits for six of those seven matches i just outlined, you would feel like you lost out majorly if you missed a match at $160 or $100?

    • And again, season passes are transferable. So if you can’t make a match, you can loan it to someone. So it doesn’t “waste.” You could even rent it if you really want you $100 or $160 back.

    • What kinda corrupt ideas you giving people Chabeth =D =D =D

    • Ones you like apparently, Kirwin. Lol.

    • I gonna rent out mine for 250 and rent one for 100 from someone…I’ll make a profit on these passes then =D =D =D

  16. One thing though Chabeth. You would have come out fine since I’m guessing you got your season pass before the Dominican Republic game. But now there is less value for how many thousand season passes are still available. They may not break even.
    And does that mean that they stop selling season passes after Costa Rica game as they will be much more expensive than simply paying on the day?
    Or do they re-price them?
    And what formula would be fair to the future buyers while not ripping off people who bought season tickets bright and early?

    • They shouldn’t reprice anything. They made the tickets available at the start of the designated year period if you didn’t buy in then, that’s your loss.
      I would hope though that by a certain date they stop selling season passes and open those seats up to the regular match tickets.
      But I don’t think you and others are accepting the benefits that come with the pass.
      Preferred entrance is huge for me so I’ll have to see how that works.
      Plus I would be really surprised if a DJW administration doesn’t get friendlies. The man has a point to prove.
      In any case though, you can’t do season passes as straight maths per game. It really is about supporting the team and the ease/convenience of the experience plus getting specific seats.
      TTFA is hampered in that regard in that it doesn’t have its own stadium.
      But for example, NBA season passes for courtside seats for a team that’s not even bound to make the playoffs runs you into the tens of thousands and nobody’s giving you anything for free.
      I think we might need some time to culturally adjust to the season pass concept is all.

  17. Richard K Mason Joe Cazabon this offer makes no sense………..season tickets are 1000 and 2000 for 5 confirmed games but early bird tickets are 160 and 300 and tickets in the final week are 200 and 360.

    I think who ever came up with this idea needs to be bought a calculator for Christmas!

  18. Also…why us the HCS in disrepair? ..sorry sorry..ah forget Anil tief all d morney

  19. I have no problem with the hike… let’s be real …trinis are bandwagonists, so yuh better widen and deepen that bandwagon. we often criticize sporting organizations for “relying on government ” when in truth they have limited scope to raise revenue and well we know our private sector so they should take advantage while they can. I do have a problem with the fete like escalation in the week leading up to the match though

  20. If they put that game in the Ato eh !!! Hex games have to be in the HCS . We need to ram out the stadium for our home games

  21. Well Lasana dey have to be creative because we’re talking about a loss in revenue of upwards $200,000 with this move! Can the TTFA afford to take such a hit? Also, just like you I’m concerned of the overselling of tickets because this can cause unrest at the stadium on the day because of hostile patrons not being able to go in.

  22. Lasana Liburd One correction to the article. You said that we never played a game of importance outside of HCS but I remember we played Costa Rica at the Dwight Yorke stadium during the 2010 campaign.

  23. I think before this latest run with those defeats and the Molino incident, they might have gotten away with the hike. Maybe they still will.
    But I’d love to see them find different ways to raise revenue. Sell more advertising billboards, raise the price for vendors, sell refreshments yourself, give “VIP fans” something extra and charge them accordingly.
    Ticket increases as your main revenue earner seems lazy to me. Lack of creativity. A full bouncing stadium will so excite sponsors that they can leverage that to land some multi million dollar corporate deals.
    But, hey, what do I know… :-/

  24. ..That’s not a funny face bro. This kind of financial blackmail, mismanagement and indecision ain’t funny at all..

  25. AS usual greed has set in. Lower the prices and fill the blasted stadiums. Steups!!

  26. Lol. What’s so funny Keith?

  27. When ppl think the season pass only covers the five matches of the hex.
    Even though it already covered a match that had nothing to do with the hex.

  28. Lasana Liburd What I think? Lol. It don’t look good for season ticket holders right now! $160 x 5 = $800 subtract that from $1000 (season ticket covered) and we’re left with $200 which, for now, is a donation to the TTFA. Lol

  29. Venue and kick-off time subject to change ?

  30. Sherron Charles, what you think?

  31. Buh wah d????iz ah fete. ..just now will have male and female tickets? …why is the price increasing beyond a certain date?..FIFA doesn’t do this for its premier tournament, the WC, SO why is it allowing this in qualifying?

  32. Lol on d back of a glorious performance vs martinque they raise d price