World Cup price hike
No details yet, but football fans shocked and angry as analysts predict steep rise
not being able to watch it,” said Tan, an England fan who is working part-time.
S. Siva, 53, a private tutor, echoed those sentiments.
He said: “I was shocked and utterly disappointed as I am a die-hard football fan.”
Full-time national serviceman Colman Wong, 19, added: “Usually, a lot of people who don’t follow football still watch (the World Cup) as a family, so I think making it so expensive reduces accessibility for everyone... especially as it’s held every four years .”
There are also those like junior college student Shawn Yip, 18, who is the only football
In 2014, 30 CCs screened all 64 matches live.
“I’d probably go to Tampines Hub since they may have free screenings,” said university student Raymond Scott Lee, 22, an ardent fan of Germany.
Mohammad Nursyamiir Othman, a 19-year-old national serviceman, added: “I’d go to a fast-food restaurant and catch games with friends.”
Elder Singaporeans such as Siva also noted: “Many retirees enjoy football... Because of the crazily increased prices, they may not be able to watch.”
Other fans specified that they would watch mainly big games, such as those involving favourites and crucial knockout matches. Hence, they will not be purchasing full subscriptions.
But there is still a minority galvanised by the spirit of the World Cup, with a few that TNP spoke to saying that they will still subscribe.
It remains to be seen how many will. Singtel reported four years ago that barely over 100,000 households signed up for its 2014 World Cup package, a 25-per-cent dip compared to the 2010 edition, although that could also be attributed to the less viewer-friendly hours.
Fans watching a live screening of a World Cup match at a community club in 2014. Many fans TNP spoke to said they will be looking for places that show live-screening this year.