Originally Posted by the_newluxe
ae wowww, you are right. I didn't mean they managed it very well but compare to last year, i think it was better..not perfect, not good enough but it was better. I dont like the ticket system, many "real" tennis fans dont get the tickets. For example, I have a friend working at one company and the company sponsored this tournament, he had tickets for everyday and he doesnt even like tennis. So, he kept the tickets with him. There were so many people who waited at Impac Arena, didnt have the tickets, tickets were sold out b/c most of the tickets were vouchers. Maybe this is the right way for ticket system? I dont know coz this is the only tournament i have ever been to.
I think it's different in other tournaments.
Firstly. There are no free tickets. If you wanna see, you buy tickets. 70% of this year Thailand Open tickets is for free. And they are called TICKET VOUCHERS. They stated that LIMITED SEATS "first come first serve". I think I went there so early enough but they wasted my time and energy. But thank god the finals was not that exciting.
Secondly. If they want to give vouchers for sponsors. It's fine but you have to limit the number of free tickets compared to the available seats or specify the seat number in all the vouchers. ANd actually free tickets should be for students only. Other than that you should buy ticket to watch tennis. And as you mentioned some people got tickets but they aren't real tennis fans so they didn't use them at all so we could see those empty seats in the vip box. And those foreigners who managed this tournaments took advantage of it by letting their friends and relatives in for free. But most Thais couldn't as it costed too much to afford.
Lastly. Fans who have normal tickets, not VIP tickets need to wait 3 times at least. First they have to stand in line for so long to stamp the vouchers and then await at the entrance of the arena and last step they have wait again in front of the arena door. I don't know why. At China Open or Japan Open fans have chance to watch the players practicing very closely. But Thailand Open won't let any fans doing so. They open the door only 30 minutes before first play starts. That's very disgusting.
Anyway I do understand the organizers in some aspects. The Impact Arena is not the most suitable venue for Thailand Open, I would say. So it's hard to arrange things in a more proper manner.