Vox Pop: Are Champs tickets too expensive?

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March 17, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Boyd Lewin
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Herbert Hinds
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Simone Wray
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Shermaine Hinds
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Natacia Gordon
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Ronaldo Hinds
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Marlon Clarke
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Vox Pop: Are Champs tickets too expensive?

SHANICE WATSON

The ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships is well under way, having started on Tuesday and scheduled to end on Saturday. However, patrons who wish to attend the popular inter-secondary school event will need to fork out $500 more than they did last year for tickets on the final day.

This year, organisers of the event announced that bleachers seats will now cost $1,500 and grandstand seats will cost $3,500, citing inflation and rising operational costs as the reasons for the increase.

Here is what the public had to say about the increase.

Marlon Clarke: Me a tell you the honest truth, dem neva did have to go so hard. They could have said a five bills [$500] or even a four bills [$400] because nothing nah gwaan, and if a nuh the schoolers or we the poor people, Champs nuh gwaan. So dem can't increase the price so much. A joke thing that man, because you a guh want something fi eat, something fi drink, then after party.

Boyd Lewin: That is a bit too harsh. Me think it expensive because dem should have set the thing in a way where it balanced so that the little kids can afford it. But when you lick one big $500 pon it, that is too much pressure on poor people pocket. They could have stuck with the $1,000 or even put a $100 on it. They have to remember that it's school kids, so they have to save up lunch money for months to go.

Shermaine Hinds: For a school event, the price of the tickets too high. Half of the patrons who support champs are kids, and where are they going to get the money from? I'm going to Champs because I got the ticket free, but if I had to buy it, I wouldn't go because it's too expensive.

Ronaldo Palmer: I won't be going to Champs because mi family nuh have the money. I would love to go and support my school, but mi know my family nuh have it so I'm not forcing it. If it was $1, 000 I would be able to save and go.

Herbert Martin: Champs tickets did have big price from long time so it no come as no surprise to me that they raise it. But the $1,500 really expensive still. Dem might drop the price now that new government come in, although a inna the new government the price increase come.

Simone Wray: That too much man! Remember nothing nah gwaan now, a rough times we inna. My nephew is going to Champs, but he got free tickets. If he didn't get the free tickets, everybody in the family would have to contribute money for him to go because we want the best for him.

Natacia Gordon: A nuh everybody can afford the Champs tickets for $1,500. A mostly downtown people alone attend those things, you know, because we love those things and we want to go out and enjoy ourselves. But where are we going to get money to buy the ticket? We have to buy hair, we have to do our toes, we have to buy food, and after Champs we want to go to parties. The ticket too expensive.

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