Ticket rush – 2022 Fiji Finals heads for sellout
12 August, 2022, 6:36 pm
The Coca-Cola Games fever is back and is warming the hearts of Fiji secondary schools athletes, students, teachers and fans alike.
After its 24-month absence, Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association expects a sellout as Fijians itch to catch the glimpse of the return of the Pacific’s biggest annual schools athletics competition.
FSSAA general secretary Vuli Waqa predicts big turnouts in the three-day event after interest shown has grown daily in the lead up to the games. Tickets went on sale yesterday at 2pm at the FSSAA office at McGregor Road (opposite Peninsula Hotel) in Suva.
“The tickets for the gransdtand are sold a package which means that those who want to comedown only on Friday and Saturday, we have the embankments for you. The concrete seatings are for $12 a day and the grass embankments are $10 a day whereas the grandstand is $45 for three days,” Waqa said.
“I think we are heading for a sellout and that’s exactly what we are hoping to get this year.”
FSSA president Marika Uluinaceva said changes were expected in next week’s games such as results, records, participation, events and even in crowd turnout.
“We have been doing this for years starting from inter-house competitions right to the zone meets. There are changes such as adapting a three-term school calendar to four terms and having the games moved from April to August, so from a warmer season to a cooler one. It is the new norm brought by COVID, but we have to adapt to it.”
About 3000 athletes are expected to converge at the HFC Bank Stadium starting with the Maritime Zone competition which has been reduced to three schools.
Meanwhile, the games torch relay was launched at the Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (“CCEP”), commonly known as Coca-Cola Amatil (Fiji) Pte Ltd (CCEP Fiji) headquarters at Laucala Beach in Suva yesterday.
The event was attended by sponsors’ representatives, FSSAA reps, and representatives from the defending champions, Ratu Kadavulevu School and Adi Cakobau School. Waqa said this year’s games would be the “biggest and the best.
Invite everyone and your bubus and tutus because everyone have not seen the Coca-Cola Games for the part two years.”
He said COVID-19 protocols would be followed by everyone entering the Fiji Sports Council’s sporting complex next Thursday to Saturday.