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)