System glitch sends WC organisers on ticket tailspin

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2002, 0:24 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Cricket World Cup organisers sold tickets to 12 spectators for next year's tournament in South Africa before the system crashed on Monday morning, sending organisers into a tailspin and stretching the patience of hundreds of fans. Some fans had been camping out in icy winter weather since Friday night.

Though the computer glitch was fixed an hour later, long queues were snaking down the road away from ticket offices at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, Newlands in Cape Town and Kingsmead in Durban. At Wanderers, first in line, Peter Moss said he had been braving sub-zero temperatures since last week. "Friends drove past on Friday morning and saw about 300 people queueing so we decided to join.

When they left I was first, and I decided to stay," he told a Johannesburg-based daily. "If my wife divorces me, at least I'll have my cricket ticket," said self-confessed Johannesburg cricket devotee Ashley Petersen.

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