WC`11 quarterfinal tickets cheaper than preliminary league tie
Mumbai: With the host associations having the liberty to fix ticket rates, preliminary league ties at some venues of the 2011 Cricket World Cup will cost more to fans than their counterparts in other stadiums which will stage quarterfinal matches.
Tickets for the mega event went on sale online yesterday with 5 per cent of all tickets, numbering around 100000, available through this route, and fans at different venues will have to shell out different amounts for matches of same stage of the tournament.
Ahmedabad fans can watch the quarterfinal tie at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium at Motera on March 24 by spending between Rs 100 and Rs 3,000 while their counterparts in Chennai will have to shell out anything between Rs 250 and Rs 10,000 to gain entry into the M A Chidambaram Stadium for the preliminary league tie between New Zealand and Kenya on February 20.
In addition to individual ties, tickets are to be sold as venue-wise or team-wise packages from July 1 for the two best stands at each venue, as per the World Cup ticket guide issued by the International Cricket Council.
A uniform ticket rate has been maintained for all four matches in Ahmedabad by the local staging body, the Gujarat Cricket Association.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, in charge of ties at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, has fixed the rate between Rs 5000 and 20,000 for the needle England-West Indies clash on March 17 and the India-West Indies clash three days later.
The Mumbai Cricket Association, which is to stage the grand finale of the World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium here, has kept the ticket rates for the April 2 summit clash between Rs 10,000 and 15,000.
MCA is hosting two other games at the Wankhede Stadium for which it has fixed ticket prices cheaper than the final at between Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,750 for the Canada-New Zealand fixture on March 13 and between Rs 5,000 and 7,500 for the New Zealand-Sri Lanka game on March 18.
The Vidarbha Cricket Association has kept the ticket rates for the four matches to be held at its state-of-the-art new stadium in Jamtha at a more modest figure.
Tickets for the two non-India games that the Jamtha Stadium is to host (England v Netherlands on Feb 22 and Zimbabwe-Canada on Feb 28) can be bought for as low as Rs 150 with the higher limit set at Rs 2,000.
Prices of tickets for the Australia-New Zealand game on February 25 and the India-South Africa match on March 12 at the VCA Stadium would range between Rs 300-4,000.
Ticket rates for the India-England tie at the Eden Gardens (Feb 27) have been kept between Rs 1,250 and 1,500 by the Cricket Association of Bengal.
For other three ties (South Africa v Ireland on Mar 15, Netherlands v Ireland on Mar 18 and Zimbabwe vs Kenya on Mar 20), CAB has kept the rates down to a more modest Rs 700-1,000 range.
Punjab Cricket Association, Delhi and Districts Cricket Association and Karnataka State Cricket Association have also priced their tickets differently.
PCA, which is to host the March 30 semifinal at Mohali, will charge the spectators sums ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 15,000 while keeping the price range for tickets for the other two ties (SA v Netherlands on Mar 3 and West Indies v Ireland on Mar 11) between Rs 500 and 5,000.
DDCA will rake in between Rs 250 and 2,000 for West Indies v Netherlands (Feb 28) and Canada v Kenya (Mar 7) ties at the Ferozeshah Kotla while the range has been doubled for the other two matches it hosts -- South Africa v West Indies (Feb 24) and India v Netherlands (Mar 9).
KSCA will also host four ties, including one featuring India against Ireland on March 6 at its M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The tickets for this tie have been priced between Rs 1,000 and 15,000 while the rates have been halved for the other three ties (England v Ireland on Mar 2; Australia v Kenya on Mar 13 and Australia v Canada on Mar 16). Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are to host 12 and eight matches in three and two venues respectively with one quarterfinal and semifinal each allotted to the former and the opening match on February 19 against India and another quarterfinal granted to the latter.
The ticket for the semifinal in Sri Lanka (Mar 29 at R Premadasa Stadium) will cost between half a US dollar and 100 dollars while spectators would have to shell out USD 75 for purchasing the higher end quarterfinal ticket at the same venue on March 26.
For the earlier round matches in Sri Lanka, the prices range between 20 cents and USD 50. These matches are to be played at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Suriyawewa Stadium at Hambantota and Pallekele Stadium in Kandy.
In Bangladesh, ticket prices for five out of six earlier round matches range from USD 3 to 150 while the rates range between USD 3 and 90 for March 4 tie between the hosts and the West Indies in the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
The same venue would host the two quarterfinals on March 23 and 25 for which the ticket rates have been kept between USD 5 and 210.