Luso TV and government are expecting to raise K80 million from the Bus Ipite Bonanza second leg between Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers which will be played at the Bingu National Stadium (BNS) on Monday.
Government and Luso TV management said this during press briefing conducted at the stadium on Wednesday where they officially confirmed that the new facility will host the showdown..
“If people come in their large numbers and fill the stadium definitely the least we can make is K80 million. The capacity for open and covered stands is 39 585 and the VIP section has 595 seats and 588 from the corporate boxes. If say all the seats are taken it will amount to K80m,” projected BNS spokesperson Irene Zilanda-Mkoko on the sidelines of the press conference.
Luso TV station manager Dick Juma said open and covered seats are going at K2 000 whereas VIP seats are going at K10 000. The corporate boxes prices range from K20 000 to K50 000.
“We believe the fixture on itself is big to attract a large crowd, but the allure of the new stadium will also be another factor that will pull the crowd. If the stadium fills we will make K80 million. Tickets will be sold at the gate for security reasons,” said Juma.
Speaking on security Zilanda-Mkoko said they will deploy 300 police officers and 120 stewards.
“Here at the stadium we also have our own security. It is not only about protecting people’s lives and ensuring order but we also want to protect the facility,” she said.
Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development spokesperson Symon Mvundula said they decided to let the BNS host the Luso TV as part of preparing the facility for the officials opening.
“We are testing the facility to ensure things go smooth during the official launch. Escom is nearly completing the upgrading of energy while on the other hand MTL have completed fitting in lines,” said Mvundula. n