Papua New Guinea football fans are in for a treat as tickets to three key events go on sale simultaneously today.
The OFC Nations Cup, the U-20 women’s international friendlies and the senior men’s international against Malaysia have collectively been dubbed the “Football Festival” and will get underway on 24 May and continue right through to 17 June.
The OFC Nations Cup is the most prestigious tournament in Oceania and sees eight nations, including hosts Papua New Guinea, challenge for the opportunity to represent Oceania at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017.
The women’s international tri-nations series has the Papua New Guinea U-20 women’s team make their first foray into international action with matches against USA and Japan.
All of the matches are being held at Sir John Guise Stadium with ticket prices ranging from K10 for the outer stand and K30 for the grandstand.
Tickets are available from Big Rooster’s 11 restaurants in Port Moresby, with match day sales only at Sir John Guise Stadium.
OFC President and PNGFA President David Chung says the objective has been to make the tickets affordable for as many people as possible.
“We want to see the stands full so having two affordable price options is an opportunity for football fans across the board to come along and watch.
“The match timings are 4pm and 7pm which is good for working football fans as they can come and watch their favourite teams play after work or school,” Chung says.
In addition to individual match tickets, packages are also available for those wanting to watch all 15 OFC Nations Cup matches or all three U-20 tri-nations matches.
“The package to watch all 15 Nations Cup matches is just K200 while the three women’s matches can be watched for K80.
“The package includes the final and is for grandstand seats.”
The match between Papua New Guinea and Japan kicks the “Football Festival” off on 24 May, this is followed by the encounter between Japan and the USA on 27 May before Papua New Guinea wraps up the tri-series against USA on 30 May.
The OFC Nations Cup gets underway on 28 May when the defending champions Tahiti start their title defence against Samoa, followed by the home side Papua New Guinea taking on 2012 runners-up New Caledonia.
The OFC Nations Cup final will be held at Sir John Guise Stadium on Saturday 11 June.
The final match of the “Football Festival” will be an international friendly between Papua New Guinea and Malaysia on 17 June at 7pm.
Both the individual tickets and ticketing packages will be available for purchase from the Big Rooster from today, Thursday 19 May.