Earlier today, August 8, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) received a copy of the certification letter from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission in connection with the show of Eat Bulaga! held last July 19 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The letter was sent by the venue officials to Ms. Ana Puno of Star Media Entertainment, producer of Eat Bulaga! in L.A.
The letter dated August 6, 2008 intends to dispel the report that the L.A. show of Eat Bulaga! was a "flop" since the bleachers section of the Los Angeles Sports Arena, the venue of the show, was reportedly empty. Although it is true that the area was empty, Yrene Asalde-Infante, event manager, explained in her certification letter that "the bleachers section of the Los Angeles Sports Arena was NOT OPENED for ticket sales for the Eat Bulaga L.A. Grand Fiesta last July 19, 2008."
In an article written by Allan Diones today in Abante Tonite, he further explained that the Los Angeles Sports Arena—located on 3936 Figueroa St., Los Angeles, California—is divided into three sections with the following seating capacity: Arena level (floor section), 3,956; Loge (middle section) 4,057; and Concourse (bleachers section) 8,313. All in all, the total seating capacity of the venue is 16,326.
Since the bleachers section was not opened during the show of Eat Bulaga!, the total seating capacity was only 8,013 that day. According to Diones, who was with the press group that covered the event, approximately 6,000 to 7,000 people came to watch the show.
PEP also received a copy of the seat plan of the Los Angeles Sports Arena where different colors were used to identify the sections and the ticket prices: $100 for the green section, $75 for the red section, $50 for the yellow section, and $35 for the orange section. The bleacher section was colored blue and there was no price indicated.