On Tuesday, one of our regular readers decided he would purchase some tickets to the April 21st West Indies vs. England contest.
Seeing as he lives in Barbados, purchasing tickets should be a simple matter, right?
I went today to buy seven tickets for the April 21 game, West Indies v England. For an event where you think they would welcome US$700 in sales, the process to actually get the tickets was annoying.
The saga started yesterday when I went to the ticket office to be told that they take only credit cards and cash – no checks and no debit cards. Since I did not have the cash and did not want to place the purchase of my credit card, I left to get some cash.
I came back this morning with cash in hand. I was then told that I had to fill out an application form even though they would give me the tickets right away. OK, no problem I thought, but they needed to see a Barbados ID or passport. Since I did not have either of these on me, and they were unwilling to yield on this, I had to drive home to get my ID card. There were also two groups of tourists there who were told that at least one person in the group would have to go back to their hotel to get a passport.
I also could not choose where I wanted to sit. Two people in our group are elderly so we wanted seats on an aisle but somewhere that would be in shade for most of the day. Nope, the computer would assign the seats automatically in a block of about 1000 seats.
The final insult was the exchange rate of US$1 to Bds$2.05. US$700 works out to Bds$1435. With this final slap in the face, I took my tickets and left.
For an event that is struggling to fill stadia, the whole process was unnecessarily frustrating. It is like being forced to wait for an hour to enter a nightclub, only to find it empty when you finally are allowed it.
However, considering how everything has gone to date, I really should not have been surprised.