World Cup tickets to go on sale next month

Published: Thursday, April 6, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:More than eight lakh tickets, priced between 10 dollars and 300 dollars, for next year's cricket World Cup in West Indies will be sold online from May 1.

''As of midnight Eastern Caribbean time on May 1, cricket fans worldwide will be able to apply online (www.cricketworldcup.com) for tickets to attend the 51 tournament matches and 16 warm-up fixtures which will be played across nine Caribbean countries next March and April,'' an ICC release said here today.

A large percentage of these tickets are expected to be sold via Public Ticketing which will cater to persons seeking ''tickets only.'' Ticket applications can also be submitted at the ticket centres in each host venue. However, while online applications commence on May 1, the Centres will open for business on May 2 as seven Host Venues -- excluding Jamaica and Trinidad&Tobago -- observe May 1 as a Public Holiday for Labour Day.

''The application process will be fair and transparent and everyone will have equal chance to get a ticket, especially with prices ranging from 10 dollars for a single match ticket at warm-up games to 300 dollars for the best seats at the Final,'' World Cup Managing Director and CEO Chris Dehring said.

''There are exciting combination packages which will allow fans to follow their team's progress through the tournament or to watch all the matches at a particular venue,'' he added, reminding that the interest of several stakeholders had to be considered in determining the ticket prices.

The tickets will be sold in three phases with the first stage, from May 1 to July 31, allowing fans to apply for single match tickets, venue combinations or follow a path combinations, either online or at the ticket centres in host venues.

''Given the immense interest being shown in the World Cup we anticipate a flood of applications in the first phase of Public Ticketing and our Ticketing Unit is readying itself to handle those demands,'' Mr Dehring said.

Phase II will runs from September 1 November 30. This stage will be conducted on a ''first come, first served'' basis, with the remaining tickets again being available via the CWC website and Ticket Centres.

The third and final phase of ticketing will run from January 9 to the morning of the final on April 28 -- again on the first come, first served principle.

Prior to this, between December 1 and January 9, ticket sales will be closed while seat locations are assigned to all the purchasers and tickets are printed and prepared for distribution.

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