National Holiday Declared In Antigua For CWC Game
Local School Children Given Tickets At Last Moment
CWC Stadium Half Empty Anyway
West Indies vs. Australia in Antigua. National Holiday declared for the Cricket World Cup game.
Brand new Vivian Richards Cricket Ground less than half full.
Lots of “if this, if that” comments from Cricket World Cup people and politicians. Local CWC organising committee says “satisfied” with attendance through gritted teeth.
How many hundreds of millions of dollars spent to get to this point?
Take a good look at that photo, my friends.
It might have happened in Antigua, but Barbados and everyone else will be paying for those empty seats for decades.
Prediction For Barbados: Free & Cut-Rate Tickets To Fill The Stands
There is NO WAY that the Barbados government would ever allow empty stands for CWC games held on the island. One way or another, those Barbados stands will be packed.
Keep your ears open for free and cut rate tickets or batches of tickets given to church and youth groups by mysterious, anonymous donors.
Full stands in Barbados are a given. The real questions are how they got full, and what it really means as an indicator of success or failure for Cricket World Cup in Barbados.
From The Nation News…
CRICKET WORLD CUP (CWC) matches appear to be attracting less than the anticipated bumper crowds.
Yesterday’s first match of the Super 8s stage between CWC hosts West Indies and World Cup favourites Australia in Antigua was expected to be a near “sell-out”. The turn-out of spectators painted a different picture however.
On a day that was declared a national holiday to mark the inaugural international match at the new Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, the stadium was nowhere close to its 19 000 capacity.
A generous, unofficial count was around 13 000.
This followed some low spectator numbers at some first-round matches at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad, Sabina Park in Jamaica and Warner Park in St Kitts…
… continue reading this story at The Nation News (link here)