Tennis association members decry allotment of Wimbledon tickets

Tennis association members decry allotment of Wimbledon tickets

A war of words has erupted between Tennis Association members and officials after a lottery system meant to allocate tickets for the Wimbledon Championships in London was not used to distribute tickets this year.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 7:25am

Letters to the Editor, March 28, 2013

An official sticker promoting the idling ban. Photo: Nora Tam

The Hong Kong Motor Vehicle Idling (Fixed Penalty) Ordinance was implemented on December 15, 2011. It makes it illegal to idle your engine for more than three minutes from that date, subject to a fixed fine of HK$320.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:30am 3 comments

Public to get 'even fewer' Rugby Sevens seats next year

Taking centre stage in the south stand, Sailor Moon and the Silver Surfettes set the pace on the tournament's second day. Photo: Nora Tam

In a move sure to generate a furious reaction from local rugby fans, Hong Kong Sevens organisers have said it is "inevitable" that even fewer tickets will go on sale to the public next year.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:20am 4 comments

HKRFU ballot fails to stop touts getting Sevens tickets

The captains of all 28 teams taking part at this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union made 4,000 tickets available for sale via a public ballot this year. The union believed this method was the fairest way to distribute the tickets. Applicants had to verify their local residency with Hong Kong ID card details and postal address for registered mail or courier services.

22 Mar 2013 - 5:13am

In mega fund's eyes, public takes a back seat

A protest at Admiralty against a HK$8 million handout from the government's Mega Events Fund to invite Manchester United. Photo: May Tse

The Mega Events Fund's latest furore involves an HK$8 million subsidy for Kitchee Sports Club to organise an exhibition match with Manchester United in late July. A perennial favourite of the city's soccer fans, the event should pay for itself without a cent from taxpayers.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:52am 4 comments

Manchester United fans right to cry foul about a publicly funded event

Manchester United's appearance fee is financed by public money. Photo: AFP

Since the HarbourFest controversy in 2003, the use of public money to finance big events has been a sensitive issue. The grant of HK$8 million from the Tourism Commission's Mega Events Fund to Kitchee Sports Club to organise a soccer match with Manchester United in July is a case in point. It means that the taxpayer is kicking in to help pay Manchester United's appearance fee.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am

40,000 fans vie for 4,000 Hong Kong Sevens tickets via ballot system

HKRFU chairman Trevor Gregory. Photo: AFP

The odds of landing two tickets - the maximum number each successful applicant is allowed - in the electronic draw are not high, but everyone from the public to top Hong Kong Rugby Football Union officials are convinced the ballot system introduced for the first time is the right way to go.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:22am

English soccer fans call for cap on ticket prices

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore

Discontent among supporters over spiralling English Premier League ticket prices is mounting, as fans attempt to make their voices heard and even followers of sworn enemies join forces to call for change.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

Tears For Fears want to rule a little bit of the world on May 6

Everybody now: 'Shout, shout, let it all out.' The 1980s hitmakers Roland Orzabal (left) and Curt Smith (right), otherwise known as Tears For Fears, are coming to Hong Kong courtesy of Live Nation for a May 6 show at Hitec's Star Hall.

23 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Old smoothie is back with new lines, but that's not unusual

What's new, pussycat? Tom Jones is coming to Hong Kong - that's what's new. The Welsh heart-throb just confirmed he will be here for a concert on March 24 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre's Hall 5BC. It won't just be a night of nostalgia either.

8 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Don't look back in anger if you miss it

The first time they played here 10 years ago, Hong Kong had just returned to China, and frontman Liam Gallagher was such an ass on his flight that Cathay Pacific banned him for life. Two years ago, they inaugurated the AsiaWorld-Arena for rock shows as the first band to play in the cavernous Chek Lap Kok venue. And now, Oasis are coming back to Hong Kong.

13 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Decorated band Travis to give HK a sample of the Glasgow pop sound

New additions to the summer concert schedule continue to grow with the news that Scottish band Travis is bringing their Glasgow pop sounds to the AsiaWorld-Arena on Thursday July 31. Brought to town by Midas Promotions, this will be the Brit Awards' best British band's first appearance in town. Tickets go on sale from Monday.

30 May 2008 - 12:00am