Mad rush for Champs tickets
Track and field fans line up to purchase 'Champs' 2018 tickets early Tuesday morning.
There were long lines at the National Stadium early Tuesday morning as scores of track and field fans went to the venue in search of high-demand tickets for the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships.
The highly-anticipated meet starts on Tuesday at 1:00 pm at the National Stadium and ends on Saturday March 24.
More than one hour ahead of the opening of Tuesday’s ticket sales process at the stadium, vehicles lined the roadways in the vicinity of the venue while queues stretched from the sales booth to almost as far as the top of Mountain View Avenue.
Patrons are being asked to pay as much as $5,000 for grandstand tickets for Saturday, the final day of the five-day event.
As usual, the opening day is free while, on Wednesday and Thursday, children pay $100 while adults pay $500.
On Friday, students in uniform will pay $350 and adults will pay $500 for the bleachers section and $3,500 for grandstand.
In the meantime, the police are advising patrons who will be attending the event to be aware that they will be prohibited from carrying firearms, knives, ice picks, machetes, aerosol sprays, large igloos, glass bottles, lighters, frozen water or drinks, DVD or video recorders, alcohol and umbrellas with pointed tips inside the venue.
“Additionally, no smoking will be allowed inside and persons found in breach may be asked to leave the stadium,” the corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a news release, adding “Also, the walk ways should be kept clear at all times in cases of emergency and there will be a no re-entry policy.”
Licensed firearm holders are being advised to make alternative arrangements for the safekeeping of their firearms, as no provisions will be made at the venue or at the Stadium Police Station.
Patrons are also being reminded that all persons entering the stadium will be subject to search. Meanwhile, vendors are being warned that vending will not be tolerated outside the designated areas.