December 5, 2008

An over-priced affair?

Jamie Alter

Its really up to you as to how you view next year's Ashes, but Sussex are clearly keeping an eye on profits.

Next June, from June 24-27, the Australians play their first warm-up of the tour against Sussex at Hove, and the local administrators have confirmed that tickets will cost £35 a day. Want to watch all four days? Be ready to fork out £140, with a serious chance that rain will scupper at least a bit of the cricket. A bit steep, you might say, given the current economic situation.

Now compare that to a season's standard membership worth £159, which allows a spectator to watch every game at Hove except Twenty20. Sussex have upped the asking price, so now lets hope, unlike a few times in the past, that they field a strong side to make it worth the dough.

The Ashes start July 8 in Cardiff and conclude August 24 at The Oval.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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