Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Queueing for Ateneo - La Salle Basketball Finals Tickets

Note: After waiting in line for almost six hours I got my two tickets :)

Yesterday (23 September 2008) I did something that I had never done before -- to queue for a basketball game ticket.

It is the UAAP (University Atheletics Association of the Philippines) Basketball Season Finals and the two contending teams are Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University. Game one (best of three games) was won by Ateneo last Sunday, September 21 (with a 69 - 61 win over La Salle).

I have never watched a basketball game live in Araneta Coliseum (venue of the UAAP Basketball Finals) before. Now that Ateneo is a strong contender in clinching the basketball championship this year, I decided to line up for tickets (reserved for faculty and staff of Ateneo).

Although the ticket distribution opened only at 12:00 noon, several people started lining up as early as 4:30 a.m. I arrived in the ticket place around 6:30 a.m. and I was number 22 in the queue.

The first 12 people in the queue were allocated with Upper A tickets. I got two Upper B tickets.

While waiting for the ticket office to open I was able to check several batches of exam papers.

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Related Link: Queueing Theory (

"Queueing theory is the mathematical study of waiting lines (or queues). The theory enables mathematical analysis of several related processes, including arriving at the (back of the) queue, waiting in the queue (essentially a storage process), and being served by the server(s) at the front of the queue. The theory permits the derivation and calculation of several performance measures including the average waiting time in the queue or the system, the expected number waiting or receiving service and the probability of encountering the system in certain states, such as empty, full, having an available server or having to wait a certain time to be served."


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