Like gold: ‘I wouldn’t trade Hong Kong v China tickets for anything’ say lucky World Cup fans after queuing overnight
Students who were first in line over the moon after 16-hour wait for World Cup tickets
Clutching their precious tickets for the Hong Kong v China World Cup qualifier after queueing for 16 hours, the three young men insisted they wouldn’t trade them at any price.
The trio of Chinese University students were among the first group of football fans to get their hands on the must-have item as limited numbers of concession tickets went on sale at Mong Kok Stadium at 10am on Wednesday.
“We came here at around 6 pm yesterday and although we spent the whole night waiting, it is still worthwhile,” said one of the three General Public Administration students, who identified himself as Mr Lo.
“We spent some of the night watching Manchester United’s live Champions League match - so it wasn’t too boring.”
By 8am on Wednesday morning, more than 500 fans were queuing up from the stadium entrance at Flower Market Road to Boundary Street for the 1,000 concessionary tickets for students and senior citizens which were available.
But fans hoping to get their hands on the 3,000 regular-priced tickets were left frustrated by website cityline.com, which was unavailable for most of the morning because of the demand.
The November 17 game is being held at the 6,700-capacity Mong Kok Stadium rather than the 40,000-capacity Hong Kong Stadium, officially because of fears the new pitch at the larger venue might not be able to cope. It is hosting the Asian rugby sevens Olympics qualifying tournament this weekend, nine days before the match.
Lo said they would keep the tickets for themselves and would not seek to cash in.
“Our aim is to support the Hong Kong team and we will definitely come on the match day,” he said. “We will put on the Hong Kong team jersey and cheer for them.
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“Hong Kong did a good job against China in the away match [a 0-0 draw in Shenzhen in September] and we are confident they can produce a miracle with the support of the home crowd.”
The three students, also including a Mr Szeto and Mr Tang, refused to say if they would boo the China national anthem before the match. Some fans have done so before the three previous Hong Kong home games in the World Cup qualifying group.
“We have freedom to express our views and the Hong Kong Football Association do not need to repeatedly remind us of what to do and what not to do,” said Lo.
Lo said there were no troubles in the queue throughout the night. “The organisation was fine and we are happy we got what we want without any problem.”
Also near the front of the line was a Mr Lee, who said he bought tickets for his two kids.
“They have to attend school and cannot come. That’s why I am here,” he said. “My two sons are keen supporters of Hong Kong soccer and a match against China is something they cannot miss.
“I hope the Hong Kong team can achieve a good result to pay back the fans who have been lining up here for the whole night to support them.”