CLARENDON, Jamaica — Having reduced ticket prices for all categories, Captain Horace Burrell, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), is urging Jamaican fans to pack the National Stadium on October 15 when the Reggae Boyz host Honduras in their final World Cup qualifier.
Captain Burrell said the decision to drop the ticket prices by $500 was made following embarrassing scenes from the last qualifier at the National Stadium when supporters of the visiting Costa Rican team outnumbered the Jamaicans.
And with a large Honduran contingent also expected to invade the 'Office' next month, the JFF boss said they had no choice but to comply with the public's demand to reduce the ticket prices.
"Only yesterday (Wednesday)," Burrell revealed, "I received a call from my Honduran counterpart. In that call, he made it quite clear that a large contingent of Hondurans will be coming, so I am therefore calling on the Jamaican public to come out and support our Reggae Boyz."
The reduced ticket prices will see fans paying $1,000 to enter the bleachers, while the grandstand will now cost $4,000 and $5,000, respectively.
"We don't want another situation where you have more visitors than home supporters inside the National Stadium," the captain said. "We know we are not in the best position right now, but I am urging all Jamaicans to come out and take advantage of the reduced ticket prices."
But should the Boyz fail to beat USA in their penultimate qualifier on October 11 in Kansas City, Captain Burrell's call could fall on deaf ears.
Anything less than a win in that game will officially eliminate Jamaica from World Cup contention, rendering the Honduras fixture academic.