Hundreds are waiting for tickets for next week's match - and triads want a piece of the action A tent city was growing outside the Hong Kong Stadium yesterday as more than 400 soccer fans dug in to make sure they had tickets for Real Madrid's match next week, despite attempts by suspected gangsters to muscle their way in. Schoolchildren, students, mothers and domestic helpers were among those waiting for tickets to go on sale on Friday. Many passed the hours playing cards, listening to music or sleeping. The cheapest tickets, reserved for students and pupils, will sell for $150. Everyone else will have to pay between $500 and $1,500 for their seats. 'I'll buy the cheapest adult ticket,' said 29-year-old engineer Mr Lee, who earns less than $15,000 a month. 'They are a bit expensive ... and waiting in this heat is torture. But it will all be worth it if I get to see my idol, David Beckham.' For unemployed chef Chung Chun-yu, 20, the high prices are no deterrent. '$1,500 for a ticket is okay by me,' said Mr Chung. 'I was earning $12,000 a month as a chef, so I have savings to support myself for at least six months.' Asked to name his favourite Real Madrid player, Mr Chung stuck out his front teeth in an affectionate impression of the club's star Brazilian striker Ronaldo. One businessman in the queue, who declined to be named, claimed he was a football fan. However, when asked to name his favourite player, he replied: 'How can I know without watching the match?' The man denied he was queueing to buy tickets with the intention of selling them at a profit. Police believe many triad-backed touts will be selling their tickets on the black market. When a Hong Kong team played Liverpool at the stadium last Sunday, some opportunists were selling $580 tickets for twice as much. Officers were strengthening their presence outside the stadium last night after dozens of suspected gangsters tried to push their way into the queue. The men, many sporting tattoos and dyed-blonde hair, arrived soon after rumours spread that tickets were going on sale yesterday afternoon. A group of them arrived in a minibus around noon, and another 20 to 30 followed an hour later. They pushed their way into the makeshift camp outside the stadium. One angry teenager asked where the police had been when the tattooed men turned up. 'No uniformed police officers were patrolling ... No one here dared to make any noise or complain, even though they showed their dissatisfaction on their faces,' he said. When a housewife phoned Happy Valley police station, officers began arriving at the stadium and the suspected gang members fled. Half of the 40,000 tickets for the match against a Hong Kong-China XI on August 8 go on open sale at the stadium on Friday. Each individual is limited to four tickets. Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, president of the Hong Kong Football Association, confirmed that tickets would not be available until the end of the week. Martin Lam, general secretary of the Hong Kong Football Association, said: 'We're still checking the serial numbers on tickets.'