Tickets for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier Malta vs Armenia, scheduled for Friday 7th September at the National Stadium, are now on sale. Details about the game were given by MFA CEO Bjorn Vassallo and MFA Head of Marketing Norman Saliba during a press conference on Tuesday.
Tickets will be available for the West C Stand, Millennium Stand and South Stand at €20, €10 and €7 respectively. Tickets for children are available for the Millennium Stand and South Stand at €5 and €3 respectively.
Photos (1-2): Copyright © Joe Borg
MFA CEO Bjorn Vassallo said that in view of this qualifying campaign, the association worked hard to provide a new image and more visibility for the national team in order to attract more interest from fans and companies who are willing to support the team.
He said that despite the recent developments which definitely saddened football fans, the passion and unity the national team brings is still there.
Vassallo said the association did whatever possible to attract more people to Ta’ Qali with a number of initiatives including the launch of the Goal Card which gave fans the opportunity to secure a place for all home qualifiers at an attractive price. He said the idea was to attract fans for all matches and not only the plum fixture against Italy.
The MFA CEO admitted this was a difficult group for Malta considering that the lowest seed in the group, apart from Malta, was Armenia who collected seventeen points in the EURO 2012 qualifiers. However national coach Pietro Ghedin, together with the players, will be doing their best to reach their objectives.
Vassallo also said that thanks to the agreement with PBS, national team matches are being screened live on a free-to-air station so that everyone could watch the team.
He concluded by saying that the financial investment was only possible thanks to the national team sponsors, namely platinum sponsor FXDD, gold sponsor Cisk (Simonds Farsons Cisk), technical sponsor Givova and partners Miles Express, Powerade (General Soft Drinks), Grand Hotel Excelsior, Montekristo, Starbene and Bortex.
MFA Head of Marketing Norman Saliba gave details about the tickets and seating arrangements.
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West A Sector M will be reserved for visiting fans while the North Stand will not be opened and those in possession of the Goal Card for this stand will be accommodated at the South Stand.
Seating order is as printed on the tickets or Goal Cards for the West Stand. The Millennium Stand and the South Stand will be on a Free Seating basis.
Tickets pre-sales started on Tuesday from MFA Offices, Millennium Stand – Ta’ Qali, Eros Stationery – Paceville, Lion King Stationery – Gwardamangia, Star Tourism Services – Bugibba and TeamSport – Iklin.
On-line ticket sales will be available as from Wednesday at www.mfa.com.mt or www.MaltaTicket.com. Payments are accepted via VISA, Mastercard or Cashlink cards. Customers buying tickets online can print out their tickets at home. There is a processing charge of a few cents for tickets bought on-line.
Meanwhile as announced upon launch of the Goal Card campaign, buyers had the chance to win one of the several prizes at stake.
The process to define the winners was carried out under the surveillance of Notary Public Tim Ellis, and was carried out in line with regulations as specified by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority.
This involved the use of a random number generation software to extract winning numbers from amongst those assigned to each individual who bought the Goal Card. The individuals assigned to each drawn number where then contacted and were then asked to answer one of the six questions made available. All questions were in some way or other related to the Malta National Team.
The winners are:
Mediterranean Cruise for 2 Persons
Mr. K. Sammut (Gzira)
A Season Ticket for Matches from Domestic Competitions
Mr. J. Alden (Swieqi), Ms. K. Vassallo (Ghaxaq), Mr. P. Sammut (Gudja), Mr. L. Falzon (Xemxija), Ms. M. Muscat (Rabat).
A National Team Shirt
Mr. F. Mifsud (Fgura), Mr. D. Urry (Birzebbuga), Mr. S. Saliba (Dingli), Mr. C. Buhagiar (Marsaskala), Mr. F. Cini (Victoria).
A football signed by National Team Players
Mr. C. Abela (Zabbar), Mr. M. Haber (Fgura), Ms. M.C. Testa (Birkirkara), Mr. M. Giordano (Swieqi), Mr. C. Galea (Zejtun).
A One Year FREE Membership at the National Stadium Indoor Pool
Mr. C. Fenech (Mtarfa)
A GOAL CARD for partner
Ms. A. Martin (Swieqi)
A Photo shoot with the National Team Squad
Mr. R. Spiteri (Zejtun)
A Family National Stadium Tour
Mr. N. Sammut (Dingli)