SOCCER chiefs have introduced innovative new packages designed to boost sales for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament kicking off on January 19.
Organisers are hoping a combination of reasonably priced tickets and a concept of "double headers" will encourage fans to attend matches.
The action gets under way in Port Elizabeth on January 20 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium when Ghana play DR Congo at 5pm and Mali face Niger at 8pm.
Besides individual tickets, which start at R50, there are incentives for fans to buy package deals.
The packages announced by the local organising committee (LOC) are tailored in the following way:
Follow Your Team. This is a package allowing fans to watch all games wherever their teams are playing during the group stage.
Buy Your Stadium. This is a package that allows fans to watch up to the last match in that particular stadium. Depending on the outcome of the games, fans will be able to watch all games played at that stadium including quarterfinals, semifinals and even third place playoff, where applicable.
"We are excited about these packages. This is our contribution to the festive spirit that has grasped the country," LOC chief executive officer Mvuzo Mbebe said.
"These packages will allow all soccer fans an opportunity to choose which games they want to watch, while offering them peace of mind.
"These packages have varying discounts of 10% for Follow Your Team and 15% for Buy Your Stadium and these discounts are applicable if you buy the whole package. These will be available until January 13 at all selling points countrywide.
"This means at the point of sale you will be able to buy these tailor-made packages at discounted rates, while the individual tickets are now selling at full price.
"But even more exciting is that Afcon tickets are selling much cheaper, for a tournament of this magnitude. It is indeed a bargain," he said.
Mbebe also explained that all those who had already purchased tickets could expect to be informed of the date and collection points shortly, after a matter affecting the naming rights of the Johannesburg venue had been concluded.
These packages and normal tickets could be purchased at the following outlets: selected Spar and SuperSpar Stores, through tele-sales (0879803000), online (www.eqtickets.com), ticket offices (at all Afcon 2013 Match Stadiums) and through email@example.com.