Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has hiked gate charges for the Blantyre derby between rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium this Saturday.
The last time the two sides clashed at the venue in TNM Super League second round in October 2016, open stands tickets were at K1 500.
But following the increment, open stands tickets are now at K2 500, MBC stand tickets are up from K2 000 to K5 000.
Covered stands ticket were at K3 000, but now they are at K7 500.
Those wishing to watch the match from the VIP stand will have to cough double as much from K5 000 to K10 000.
Sulom treasurer Tiya Somba-Banda said the gate charges hike was strategic as they want to restrict patronage due to reduction of the stadium’s capacity.
“As you are aware, the stadium’s capacity has been reduced to 14 000 following the cordoning off more stands. After consultations with the two clubs, stadium owners and other stakeholders we decided to hike the charges. This is aimed at ensuring that we restrict the patronage,” he said.
The two sides have been playing at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) following the closure of the venue for renovations.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said they resorted to have the game played at Kamuzu Stadium because BNS in Lilongwe is booked.
But despite the hike, Blantyre-based football fans have vowed to flock to the stadium to watch the derby.
“The gate charges hike will not stop me from watching the match. I will still go to the stadium and watch my team,” said Stifano Mayaya, a Bullets fan from Blantyre.
Bullets are leading the table with 45 points. Wanderers are second with 38 points.
The first round encounter between the two teams ended in a draw.