Already soaking Thai football fans for up to 25,000 baht a seat to watch a Manchester United-Liverpool friendly in Bangkok, the promoter tried to glom 400 million baht more from the Sports Authority of Thailand.
The SAT said no.
Fresh Air Festival Ltd. claimed that the government should support its price-gouging “The Match: Bangkok Century Cup 2022” at Rajamangala Stadium July 12 because it would help promote both tourism and sport and “eventually” benefit the country.
Minister of Tourism and Sports Pipat Ratchakitprakarn laughed off the request, saying the SAT wasn’t interested in an “eventual” benefit that would only put more money into the pockets of organizers who are charging 5,000-25,000 baht a seat for the Premier League clash of titans.
Pipat wasn’t so rude as to impugn Fresh Air Festival’s lack of morals, simply pleading poverty during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The authority does not have the money and we believe the organizer should be able to find their own sponsors for the event,” Pipat said.
The minister said the government would waive charges for water and electricity.
Speculation stirred online after Pipat’s announcement that the money grubbers would simply raise ticket prices even higher in response. Duckets don’t go on sale until March 11, leaving Fresh Air plenty of time to reach deeper into Thais’ pockets.