Phase I of cricket World Cup ticket sales ends

Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St John's Antigua:The first phase of the World Cup ticket sales drew to a close with the orgnisers' claims that popular league matches have been, in all probability, sold out and the final and semi-finals will see over-subscription.

The organisers of the showpiece event, ICC CWC 2007 claimed that officials have witnessed an increase in Public Ticketing activity, both at the official ticket centres and online (www.cricketworldcup.com) before the sales closed yesterday.

''At this point it appears that some of the more popular matches, including the Final and Semi-Finals, will be oversubscribed,'' said ICC CWC 2007 Commercial Manager Stephen Price.

He insisted that the rush for tickets underlined ''the global interest in the tournament as well as the Caribbean's attractiveness as a destination.'' ''We've had applications from 121 countries worldwide which is indicative of the widespread interest in this major sporting event.

In addition, we're seeing another surge in Public Ticketing activity; reminiscent of what occurred when it was launched on May 1,'' Mr Price said.

The organisers said the applicants would be given details of their ticket allocation by the end of this month.

''This shows that fans understand the process and are making sure they submit their ticket applications by the July 31 deadline,'' Mr Price said praising the fans for their interest.

''The different aspects of Cricket World Cup are coming together and, once we complete the first phase of Public Ticketing, this will be even more evident as fans receive notification about the Ticketing applications,'' he added.

Mr Price said the notifications would help the fans in planning out their trip to the Caribbean to watch the World Cup.

''They will be able to make concrete plans for Cricket World Cup,'' noted the ICC CWC 2007 Commercial Manager.

Meanwhile, Phase II of the Public Ticketing will start from September 1 and continue till November 30. This stage will be conducted on a 'first come, first served' basis with remaining tickets available via the Official Ticketing website and Official Ticket Centres in the nine Host Venues.

The third and final phase of ticketing begins January 9 next year and will end on the morning of the Final on April 28 -- again on a 'first come, first served' principle.

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