Pahang FA left the organising committee meeting in disappointment after only receiving 30,000 tickets for the FA Cup final between the Elephants and Felda United this Saturday.
FAM were forced to change the venue to the Shah Alam Stadium after finding the grass at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil had yet to mature. This left Pahang with less tickets as the Shah Alam Stadium could only host 70,000 as opposed to Bukit Jalil, which could host over 90,000 spectators.
Pahang FA vice president Datuk Akbar V. V. Abu was upset with the outcome as many Pahang fans would be left disappointed without tickets.
He also questioned the Malaysian Stadium Corporation (MSC) over the delay ? on the readiness of the Stadium?. For the record, Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had ordered the stadium closed for six month starting October last year to allow an overhaul of the pitch.
However, the pitch when handed over to MSC last week had yet to mature.
“Of course we would like to play in a bigger stadium. If it was up to us, we love to have all 70,000 tickets for the final,” said Akbar.
“We came here (FA Cup final organising committee meeting) expecting the final to be in Bukit Jalil and we would get at least 45,000 tickets but the national stadium is not ready. I don’t understand why this was the case when works started in October last year.
“Now we have to leave our fans, who have been magnificent all year, disappointed as there is no way to accommodate everyone. Many fans’ hopes are surely going to be dashed,” he added.
Meanwhile, FA of Malaysia (FAM) deputy president Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah explained the decision of change of venue was reached due to the growth of the grass.
“MSC informed us the grass had yet to fully mature. Having a game there could stunt its growth and even ruin certain parts of it. The pitch is in order but we decided against having the final for the benefit of the future,” said Afandi.
Pahang FA would sell their tickets at counters at the Darul Makmur Stadium and Temerloh Stadium starting Thursday. Tickets are priced at RM40 (adult) and RM5 (children below 12)
Also, fans could buy FAM’s allocation of 10,000 tickets online at www.tickethotline.com.my