The finale of the East Asian Games torch relay on Saturday has been moved from TVB City in Tseung Kwan O to Golden Bauhinia Square after criticism of a publicly funded event being held in the studio of a private television operator. Olympic gold medallist windsurfer Lee Lai-shan will light the Games flame at the Wan Chai venue, but the gala show marking the 100-day countdown celebrations will still be held in TVB City that night. Announcing the change yesterday, the Home Affairs Bureau said the government had listened to public opinion and the move was aimed at allowing more people to see the event. 'In view of public concerns, we decided to make a slight adjustment,' deputy secretary for Home Affairs Vincent Liu Ming-kwong said. There was confusion last night over how and by whom the decision had been made. Mr Liu said it had been decided by the games' organising committee, but committee chairman Timothy Fok Tsun-ting said later that the government had proposed the change. Then last night an assistant to Mr Fok said the decision had been made jointly by the government and the organising committee. Mr Fok said: 'They told me they preferred to have a change of venue, and I said, 'well, the principle doesn't change. And I hope everybody will come out and support the athletes'.' He did not think TVB City had been a wrong choice in the first place and denied the government was succumbing to political pressure. The leg from Golden Bauhinia Square was to have been the last of 65 stages in the relay. All 65 runners are being kept, with some adjustments to the intervening stages. Mr Liu denied any mismanagement in the initial plan, saying that holding the lighting ceremony indoors had been to prevent disturbance from unstable weather and to facilitate broadcasts on free TV channels. He said the tender contract with TVB would not be affected by the change. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department said earlier that the television operator had been commissioned to produce the show for about HK$1.3 million. Civic Party legislator Tanya Chan, deputy chairwoman of the Legislative Council's home affairs panel which monitors the Games, said the change showed the government had been rash in its arrangements. She called on the government to explain the tendering process in public. Meanwhile, the East Asian Games Company announced the sale arrangements for tickets yesterday. Chief executive Johnny Woo Wai-man said 410,000 spectators were expected at 1,700 events. A total of 210,000 tickets will go on sale at 23 ticketing outlets, online or via a hotline from next Monday. Ninety per cent of tickets are priced at HK$50 or HK$100, while some for finals cost HK$300. Two thousand tickets for the opening ceremony will be sold at HK$1,000. About 5,000 tickets for the closing ceremony at the Coliseum will be sold at HK$200 to HK$600. Half-price tickets are available for the elderly, children aged below 12, the disabled and students; early birds who buy tickets by September 13 will enjoy a 10 per cent discount. Another 80,000 seats will be reserved for athletes, delegates and guests, while the Jockey Club has paid about HK$8.2 million for 120,000 tickets for students. Leisure and Cultural Services Department assistant director Olivia Chan Yeuk-oi said the sponsored tickets would be allocated by drawing lots for all primary and secondary schools that had applied.