Cricket World Cup Starting To Distribute Free Tickets – Lots And Lots Of Free Tickets

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We Heard It Was Happening – Now CWC Has Admitted It

Oh Oh! … Antigua Stadium Has Been At 42% Capacity For Last Two Games

We told you they would move Heaven and earth to fill those stadiums.

Hey… what about the hundreds and hundreds of dollars I spent buying tickets to Cricket World Cup? What about the fact that I wanted tickets to the finals, but had to buy a package of tickets to games I didn’t want to see?

What about all that money I spent on tickets?

Boy… do I feel like a real sucker now…

Organisers To Give Free World Cup Tickets Away

In an effort to boost attendance for the second round matches, World Cup organisers are distributing 500 free tickets for the Australia-Bangladesh match Saturday.

The free tickets are part of an initiative between the Local Organising Committee and the World Cup West Indies committee.

Another 1,300 tickets will be made available to the Antiguan government to use ‘in a manner it sees fit’, George Goodwin, managing director and chief executive officer of the World Cup Antigua Inc (WCAI), said Friday.

He said the free tickets would be distributed to youth clubs and national youth teams.

An average of 7,500 patrons turned out to watch the first two games involving the West Indies, Australia and New Zealand over the past three days.

The Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground has a permanent capacity of 10,000 while the temporary stands can accommodate a further 8,000.

Goodwin said WCAI and the World Cup organisers agreed on the initiative Thursday night after the West Indies played their two matches here.

He said there would be other programmes to boost attendance for the other matches.

Goodwin admitted that the free ticket initiative would not have materialised if patrons had brought out all available tickets. ‘The optimism was that all of the stadiums would be filled,’ he said.

… read the original article at World Cup Web.com (link here)

And In Jamaica…

CWC Local Sponsors Happy Despite Small Number Of Visitors (The Jamaica Observer)

Although the number of visitors to the island for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) has not met the expectations of the organisers, the four local sponsors spending hundreds of millions of dollars are nonetheless upbeat about what they say are tremendous long-term benefits to be gained from the event.

Minister of tourism Aloun Assamba last week expressed disappointment at the low number of visitors Jamaica received during the World Cup, resulting in the cancellation of at least one event.

“Certainly, I don’t think we have got as many persons as I would have wanted us to get, that is the truth. I had hoped that we would have gotten more visitors,” Assamba said in an interview with the Business Observer.

But despite the scarcity of tourists, executives of sponsors Cable and Wireless, Pepsi, Scotiabank and Red Stripe were last week sanguine about their participation in the premier world cricketing event…

… continue reading this story at The Jamaica Observer (link here

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47 responses to “Cricket World Cup Starting To Distribute Free Tickets – Lots And Lots Of Free Tickets

  1. Anonymous

    School-chRildren galore gyne get free tickets, wait en see.

  2. No - Name

    The rain has delayed the match in Antigua. The seats are Conspicuously ABSENT. The crown is begining to keep noise because they feel the game should begin. The pitch is OK but the outfield is still damp. They feel they can get a game on today. they say safety is their concern. They say maybe they can begin at 2.46 when a 20 over match will begin.

  3. Patrick Porter

    I tell all of you a long time ago that the blush is off the rose. I see a lot of free tickets giving away in Barbados and I mean a lot. The whole thing is a big joke, they were hoping for loads and loads of tourists, but the prices were too high. They didn’t even think of the local people all they wanted was the tourists, with lots of money
    The average tourist does not spend as they used to, because they just don’t have it anymore. Especially with prices that we have in Barbados for meals.
    My Aunt just returned from a trip home and told me they went our one night to a restaurant on the South Coast and spent over $300.00 for the 2 of them for a chicken meal, they don’t drink, so that was the meal. The same meals here in Canada would have cost between 50-60 C’dn dollars. That is the problem at home the prices are way out of line. I realise that everything is imported and the wage costs are high, however you can’t skin the cat twice, only once

  4. Get In The Action

    I am hearing 17,000 tickets sold for first match at Kensington on April 11th – don’t know what portion will be UK or Indian no shows. The Barmy Army looked pretty sparse yesterday in Guyana.

  5. Adrian Loveridge

    I am confused…

    ‘Ticket sales for this year’s CWC in the Caribbean have surpassed the previous tournament in South Africa’.

    and

    In 2003, South Africa’s overall ticketing revenue totalled R81 million and we have already achieved DOUBLE that figure at this point, and Phase 3 is still to come’

    plus

    ‘Ticketing is in very good shape, contrary to widespread speculation’

    ‘Organisers are projecting overall revenue from ticket sales to be US$40 milliom’

    stated Commercial Manager, Stephen Price.

    Was is the date of this News24.com posting?

    01/02/2007

    Can someone simply explain this to me and what is becoming a bewildered taxpaying public?

  6. Laughable Projections

    ‘projections’ lead to lies damned lies and statistics.
    Project away!
    Then when reality doesn’t meet projections, declare a loss on the chickens you thought you had counted, but never hatched.

    Dear oh dear…I thought I’d make 21 million dollars pure profit last year, but dammit, I only made 19.5 Million in pure profit.
    Woe is me: think I’ll submit my tax return and file that as a loss.
    My accountant will know how.

  7. Hants

    Adrian Loveridge hope this helps.

    Cricket, Politics, Spinning.
    Doan believe the “hype.”

    “Organisers are projecting .”

    “Projecting” means they are guessing,hoping wishing, speculating.

    Just hope that Barbados can maximise the benefits of the week of the finals.

  8. Chase

    Well let me be quick to say this……….I TOLD YOU SO!!

    Another good point made by Mr.Loveridge.
    Terry Mayers was always quick to say how good the sales were going,how you should hurry up and get the tickets…….now they giving them away.

    I feel sorry for the genuine people who got duped into this disaster.The whole LOC and the rest of those liars should be dealt with.
    This is nothing short of false advertising……..reminds me of those going out of business sales you see so often.

  9. Chase

    Patrick:

    I can relate to what you are saying,got a call from my friends in Montreal last night .They want to come down but would like me to find a guess house for them to stay where they can cook their own meals(last time I was there ,I taught them how to cook some real Bajan dishes).
    They said they love the island but it is getting too expensive,these folks were coming here for the last 10 years at my invitation but now the cost of a nice vacation here has tripled what they are accustomed to.It is cheaper for them to go to Cancuun.
    Can you imagine that?
    A meal in a hotel or restaurant doesnt even full you but empties your wallet.
    The tourist of today are more concious of how they spend their money and you cant blame them.These people save for a long time to enjoy this paradise,unlike me who always seem to be in Montreal (another story for another day).
    Have anyone else noticed how many tourist here catch the buses?
    We have ourselves to blame also,taxi men ripping them off,store owners with two different prices…one for locals ,another for tourists.I mean,be real,these people come from places where these things cost pittance,I know there has to be a mark up but geez man,then there is the service……….mercy.
    We are just shooting ourselves in the leg.
    Just as an example…compare the prices in St.Lucia to here and you will see.

  10. LegalEagle

    “This is nothing short of false advertising…
    …..reminds me of those ‘Going Out of Business’ sales you see so often.”

    oooops. There’s another law we can add to the long list now needed.
    A law against False Advertising.

    Add it to Transparency, Conflict of Interest, Accountability,etc. Man, I sorry fuh de nex Government.
    Dum got nuff-nuff wuk to do!

  11. Patrick Porter

    Chase

    There is an apartment complex owned by Richie Haynes in Rockley, that my family stayed at last year, the rates were good and the rooms reasonable, my family enjoyed their stay. It was called Adullo or something like that

  12. Ticket initiative launched to boost attendances in Antigua
    Last Updated: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 21:46:03

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Officials of the Local Organising Committee here and the Cricket World Cup West Indies committee, have agreed an initiative aimed at boosting attendances for the remaining Super Eight matches.

    Five hundred free tickets were Friday made available for the country’s youth to witness Saturday’s match between Australia and Bangladesh and another 1 300 tickets will be made available to the Antiguan government to use “in a manner it sees fit,” George Goodwin, managing director and CEO of the World Cup Antigua Inc., said.

    Goodwin said the free ticket initiative was in an effort to boost attendance here for the remaining four second round matches.

    An average of 7 500 patrons turned out to watch the first two games involving the West Indies, Australia and New Zealand over the past three days.

    The Vivian Richards Cricket Ground has a permanent capacity of 10 000 while the temporary stands can accommodate a further 8 000.

    Goodwin said WCAI and CWC WI 2007 agreed on the initiative Thursday night after the West Indies played their two matches here.

    He said the tickets would be distributed to development cricket programmes, youth clubs and national youth teams.

    He said there would be other programmes to boost attendance for the other matches.

    “We are still in discussion with CWC to launch a couple of programmes such as buy two get one-free and a special price for half-game admission,” Goodwin told reporters.

    He said the LOC could not take an initiative like this on its own as they first needed approval from CWC.

    “Ticketing remains in the hands of the CWC. The LOC cannot do anything until we get authorization. Until CWC became amenable with this programme it could not be announced,” the CEO added.

    Goodwin admitted that the free ticket initiative would not have materialized if patrons had brought out all available tickets.

    “The optimism was that all of the stadiums would be filled,” he said.

    Goodwin disclosed that the sales projections did not reflect the numbers who came through the turnstiles.

    “These figures do not reflect what the sales figures were … there is significant difference of the people passing through the turnstiles,” he added.

    CMC an/kp/07

  13. Adrian Loveridge

    I am used to see all sorts of ‘projections’ especially from the Minister of Tourism.

    What really concerns me is that CWC spokespeople have given the impression that many matches including the Barbados ones were ‘sold out’.
    Yet! online tickets are available for the final and other games.

    In that case are they going to give the sold tickets out free of charge?

  14. Get In The Action

    LOC PR spokesperson was on 5.30 Starcom News talking about offering reduced tickets to fill Kensington. Also talked about learning from the other venues who have not attracted the crowds, and targeting the Irish and Bangladesh fans. Our first game is in 12 days and it’s starting to sound like mad panic.

    We are in for one MASSIVE hangover.

  15. Chase

    Just heard on the 7pm news that the LOC in respective countries are ‘concerned’ about the low turnout at matches…………..are these people fah real or fuh cup?

    The same LOC told us the matches were sold out !!

    Explain to me ’cause I like I igrunt.You pay an arm and a leg for a ticket,brekkin’ ya self,when game day come ,you dont go for whatever reason after being hyped up ’cause this event is not to be missed……..does this sound like the average caribbean person….who fake injuries to hide away from work (guilty on serveral instances)to go see cricket?Geeez man,I tell you,those tickets were never sold in the first place,those numbers were to make you ‘feel’ left out and then run out and get yours .
    ICC could have let a reggae show promoter do the whole world cup thing,with we own lil Rick doing some bad jingles,some shout outs on radio and I bet de place would be burst,security would be white house style,with all de block crews packing de stands.
    De whole ah dem FUH CUP!!

  16. Jerome Hinds

    Chase,

    De whole ah dem FUH CUP!!……

    Because the West Indian cricket fans were never included in the marketing plans…..imagine Francine Charles and that bunch…tells us that now that India & Pakistan are out….they need to target the IRISH fans….!!

    What rubbish ….!!

    As the host of the 3rd largest global sporting event…..traditional West Indian supporters should have been targetted….!!!

    But NOT at :

    1. US $ 100.00 ….!!

    2. All EXITS are FINAL…!!

    3. No bottle water ALLOWED in the
    stands with the CORKS….!!

    4. RESTRICTIONS on food baskets…!!

    That is where the regional LOC’s fell down…!!

    They NEGOTIATED the local fans out of the CWC 2007….!!

    This is what Mia Mottley and Noel Lynch need to FACE up to…!!

  17. no name

    Terry Mayers been trying to sound knowledgeable and falling short for years but who is Francine Charles?,

  18. Jerome Hinds

    Francine Charles…former journalist at CANA News…now PRO for the Barbados LOC..!

  19. BK

    Let us all pray that West Indies beat Sri Lanka tomorrow!

    The next election for the BLP will depend on it!

  20. Hants

    Jerome I think you are right.

    “Because the West Indian cricket fans were never included in the marketing.”

    The primary target market was Australia, England ,India and Pakistan. The reasoning was obviously that they would bring in foreign currency.

    Nobody saw this as a problem until now.

    It is still not too late to slash the ticket prices, ease up the food restrictions and salvage what is left of this disaster.

  21. BK

    The massive outlay of capital investment was funded primarily from external borrowing so it does not take a rocket scientist to figure that the business plan for CWC 2007 was anticipated the inflow of foreign dollars to make the damn thing pay back in 50 years; now it will take 200 years.

  22. Patrick Porter

    Hants

    I have been saying that all along, they did not care about the Windies fans, just the visitors. That’s where they thought the money would come from. Now that has fallen flat on it’s face, so they are back to square one. Good luck to them, to get out of the mess they are in. They have made a big mess out of something that was supposed to be a shoo in

  23. Chase

    Patrick.

    That is how it is here in Bim.a lot of owners of restaurants and bars cater mainly for tourist while leaving out the locals….only to eat crow when the season dips.
    Take for example McBrides in the Gap (I dont care if I get licks for this ….it’s the truth).Locals would hardly be admitted and if,then you can guess which ones………after places like Reggae Lounge and After Dark ,who catered for both were being filled….you should see the differance now…….skinout competitions,danceahall queens etc.You wouldn’t believe the level they have gone to.
    They now see the value of the locals at the cash register……..’cause we would drink them out every night…but the tourist are seasonal.
    Let this be a lesson to all involved…..put your people first,at the end of the day we will always be here.

  24. No - Name

    Adrian Loveridge,
    This extract from Guyana may be of interest to you…..empty hotels everywhere

    posted March 31, 2007 01:15 PM
    ——————————————————————————–
    Extracted from:

    Freddie Kissoon column
    Cricket World Cup 2007 “bust”

    … Guyana symbolises the future of a United States of the Caribbean. It is in Guyana that the CARICOM Secretariat is located. Guyana, then, could not have refused to host CWC 2007. It would have been a decision that would have alienated the Caribbean people. Guyana would have been viewed with disdain and scorn by the leadership of the Caribbean. …

    … There is no shame on my part as a Guyanese in this essay here, written at a time when thousands (much, much lower than the 30,000 we predicted) of visitors are in Guyana and may read this commentary, in saying that this is one of the world’s poorest states. …

    … . In fact, if we were not very impoverished we could not have qualified for HIPIC debt relief. That was only given to a category of territories that were the poorest in the world.

    Against this kind of financial fragility, the financial undertaking for CWC 2007 had to be oppressive. …


    What has happened, then, is that Guyana has empty hotels. I know one brand new hotel that has not received a single booking. I made two types of enquires for this article yesterday afternoon. One is to investigate if there is accommodation available for the CWC visitors. What I found was shocking. There are hundreds of empty rooms in spanking new structures still waiting for patronage.

    Secondly, officials at every hotel I have spoken to, built for the specific purpose of attracting CWC visitors, told me that loans were taken from the banks. Let me repeat that my research revealed that there isn’t a hotel that has gone up recently that has not relied on borrowed money.

  25. No - Name

    They lied from the beginning
    Remember this article?’

    29/11/06 Barbados celebrates as Cricket World Cup tickets all but sell out – With the Cricket World Cup still over 100 days away Barbados has announced that almost all tickets for the tournament have been sold. The island nation is celebrating a £15 windfall and has proved to be the most popular venue for ticket sales as it hosts the Cricket World Cup Final and several super eight series matches. More than half the tickets for the whole tournament have now been sold.

  26. J. Payne

    The powers that be should have seen this coming. The world cup is spread out across a **huge** area. It is not only 2 stadiums a short distance from one-another it is hundreds of miles between Jamaica and Guyana. And you can’t walk it. To watch these matches you have to keep flying up-down and all about… And switching hotels. Plus planners never announced any services like big screen TVs and such being available for people who risked flying in even without CWC tickets in hopes they could soak up the atmosphere outside the stadium or something. So, without knowing if there was anything available the people that wanted to ‘scalp’ tickets probably would have stayed home and chosen not to travel anyway.

    Lets hope they don’t bid on holding the International Olympics in the Caribbean next… If so the IMF will surely be calling to work out new terms for financial bailout after the event.

  27. J. Payne

    Kudos to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. They had bid to host one of the events of the CWC and were turned down. In the end by not being picked, they saved themselves ooooooodles of money. Congrats SVG.

  28. Jerome Hinds

    No – Name
    April 1st, 2007 at 3:40 am
    They lied from the beginning
    Remember this article?’

    29/11/06 Barbados celebrates as Cricket World Cup tickets all but sell out – With the Cricket World Cup still over 100 days away Barbados has announced that almost all tickets for the tournament have been sold. The island nation is celebrating a £15 windfall and has proved to be the most popular venue for ticket sales as it hosts the Cricket World Cup Final and several super eight series matches. More than half the tickets for the whole tournament have now been sold.
    *************************************************

    This story was put out at a time when the idea of an election was in the air….!!

    But after Kenny’s bubble burst…..nothing could have done to the spoken / printed WORD….!!!

  29. John

    J. Payne
    April 1st, 2007 at 3:51 am
    Kudos to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. They had bid to host one of the events of the CWC and were turned down. In the end by not being picked, they saved themselves ooooooodles of money. Congrats SVG.

    …. but they still got Ralph! Poor souls.

  30. Rumplestilskin

    The problem is, to locals the whole ‘extravaganza’ of getting into anad attending games is not attractive:

    -park and ride (cant park close)

    – cant take common things like coolers, branded drinks & food

    – cant take entertainment like whistles etc

    – security checks will take a while

    and the tickets are expensive

    Better to watch on TV in the comfort of home.

  31. Straight talk

    You asleep Rump? ….or

  32. Straight talk

    Sorry about that, the site went strangely quiet for an hour.
    Anyone seen the NEW free wireless broadband offering on the Google Home page? LOL.

  33. Rumplestilskin

    Awake. Are you insinuating that I post too much, hence if site quiet, I musse asleep?

    No prob. Free broadband? their bank statements etc for media review?

  34. Rumplestilskin

    Oops, some of above left out.

    It should read: Free broadband? How about the Ministers have just disclosed all their bank statements etc for media review, to show how honest they all are.

    Wonderful news huh?

  35. Rumplestilskin

    Not good, not good.

    But at least we have a new stadium…….

  36. Adrian Loveridge

    Seeing the Barbados Advocate headline today, emblazoned ‘New Day for Journalism?’ and reading various comments by leading journalists, why is it I get the feeling that they have mostly missed the point of the 25th March Down to Brass Tacks Sunday programme.

    The focal point for most of them, seems to be the email David Ellis read out.

    Never find the Minister of Tourism evaded most of the questions raised.

    Never mind A Black Public Servant refused to have a taxpaying white resident in the same studio.
    Imagine if I said I would not share a studio with him?

    Never, mind the Minister was not even held to account when he denied (categorically) that his Government had borrowed US$15 million to charter the Carnival Destiny even though the Prime Minister himself had proposed the loan in Parliament.

    And the Minister was allow to completely mislead the public by stating that there were going to be ‘90,000 visitors here for the CWC Final Week’ and ‘75,000 cruise passengers’.

    BFP readers only have to look at the Sunday Sun headline today ‘Hotel Blues’ and read one comment ‘April is looking like the worse month for winter’ to ascertain the truth.

    Or he conveniently did not have any figures for Hotels and Resorts Ltd, and was somewhat vague exactly which GEMS properties had been sold.

    Yet! Instead of concentrating on the issue and the credibility of the Minister to lead our number one industry, all that seems important is pursuing a witch- hunt against one of the country’s only journalists that at least tries to establish the truth.

    I am not defending David Ellis, but at least if you are going to call yourself a journalist, address the issues!

  37. Rumplestilskin

    Oh, we all know that David Ellis, apart from Peter Wickham, is the only insightful and direct political journalist that we have.

    So the pther ‘reporters’ have it in their interest to alienate him.

    Dont worry Mr.Ellis. We will fix it in June.

  38. J. Payne

    LOL… I did just see that new medium of offering Broadband Internet on Google.com’s website. 🙂

    We have one vacant bathroom in my house perhaps I should turn that into a networking closet? lol

  39. J. Payne

    I suspect it is actually using the pipes (and perhaps water as electrical data conductors) However if you have 500 homes in your neighbourhood all flushing wires into the sewer system I think it wont be long before the city starts to take notice of all the water-backups caused by all these wires and they MAY forcably take the end of your wire and chop it off since it could be obstructing sewer main flow.

    In the USA you actually have to pay thousands of dollars in fees to legally—- have a wire travel from your property on to any public property (known as the public right of way) Esp. having a wire travel from your house/building up to the telephone pole down a few buildings and then in… So I doubt they would actually sanction any idea of this blocking their sewer mains with no compensation.

    For example- The Commonwealth of Virgina.
    http://www.virginiadot.org/business/row-usefee-faq.asp

  40. J. Payne

    P.S. Yes I know today’s date.

  41. Have you all forgotten the comments from Stephen Alleyne, Mia Mottley, Owen Arthur and just about everybody that was set to reap the benefits of a successfull CWC that the benefits will not be realized anytime soon, that the benefit is in the legacy of the event, and the marketability to the islands gain from the exposure of hosting the third largest sporting event in the world. 😀 the contigentcy, the hedge if you will was already voiced, you can’t accuse them of lying. 😀

    …..Is CWC truly the third largest sporting event in the world, am i mistaken or are they? what method or measurement was use to so conclude?

  42. BK
    April 1st, 2007 at 12:19 am
    Let us all pray that West Indies beat Sri Lanka tomorrow!

    The next election for the BLP will depend on it!
    —————————————————————–

    Duh bettuh win if not Barney Lynch gine blame them, and Owen gine accuse them of being in cohotes with David thompson and the DLP to make Barbados look bad. Barbados being the BLP. :d

  43. Chase

    The West Indies has Won BY 6 wickets .Gayle made 150,Lara 100..plus good contributions from the others.
    What a thriller of a game it was,now there is hope we will actually win the World Cup 2007.Well done boys ,we know you could do it.

    GOTCHA………April’s fool day!!

  44. FUHTRUE

    Without question, the CWC in Barbados is a financial disaster. Worse, Barbados will long be remembered for what the traveling public (aka “legacy benefit”) perceives as price gouging. Visas required for all visitors at $US100.00 plus each, Xmas rates in most hotels and villas, outrageous ticket prices/packages, and on and on. And then the Cricket Logistics telling Bajans not to act like Bajans? No food, no drink, no music makers…a sad day—a sad month—in Barbados history.

  45. Jerome Hinds

    FUHTRUE
    April 2nd, 2007 at 2:59 pm
    Without question, the CWC in Barbados is a financial disaster. Worse, Barbados will long be remembered for what the traveling public (aka “legacy benefit”) perceives as price gouging. Visas required for all visitors at $US100.00 plus each, Xmas rates in most hotels and villas, outrageous ticket prices/packages, and on and on. And then the Cricket Logistics telling Bajans not to act like Bajans? No food, no drink, no music makers…a sad day—a sad month—in Barbados history.
    ________________________________

    Thanks to the GREAT ECONOMIST…….Owen Arthur and Noel Lynch….!

    Remember, the REPUBLIC…BLP style…coming…NEXT…!

  46. Reason

    it can still change hopefully.
    rescind the stupid restrictive edicts and drop the ticket prices.

    its better to have 3000 extra bajans at kensington even if they bring their own food and liquor because when they run out they will then buy.

    and as for security risk it is nonexistent . there is no way bajans would throw missiles in a game where the windies not playing.

    they wouldnt have enough at stake