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Ticket scalpers irk visitors around Bung Karno sports complex

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 21, 2018   /   11:32 am
Ticket scalpers irk visitors around Bung Karno sports complex Fireworks entertain spectators at the 2018 Asian Games opening ceremony in Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, on Aug. 18. JP/Vellen Augustine (The Jakarta Post/Vellen Augustine)

Asian Games visitors have complained about ticket scalpers operating near official ticket booths at the Bung Karno sports complex in Senayan, South Jakarta.

Chaya Annisa, 21, accompanied by a friend, went to a ticket booth in front of Gate 5 of the sports complex to buy tickets for a 6:30 p.m. Indonesia versus Thailand basketball match. Unfortunately, tickets had been sold out since 11 a.m., she explained.

Seeing their confusion, a ticket scalper approached them to offer tickets at Rp 400,000 (US$27) each, four times the official Rp 100,000 price.

“I’d rather find a different booth than buy a ticket at four times the price,” she said on Monday as reported by tempo.co.

Sentari Shela, who was also approached by a ticket scalper, expressed outrage at how ticket scalpers readily exploited visitors with unreasonably priced tickets.

“How can you sell a Rp 100,00 basketball ticket for Rp 400,000?” she said.

Ticket scalpers also sold tickets on Monday for a badminton match for Rp 350,000, more than double the official price of Rp 150,000.

Lamentably, poor ticket handling by official channels has also made it difficult for people to watch games live. There are insufficient ticket booths and the official online seller was switched, at the last minute, to e-commerce platform Blibli.com after the previous seller, KiosTix, experienced a server breakdown on Friday. (nor/ahw)