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Online tickets for knockouts to be sold via lottery

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February 23, 2011

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Online tickets for the knockout rounds of the World Cup will be available via an online lottery system after a heavy load crashed the tournament's official ticketing website on Monday.

Organisers are working out the exact schedule and details for the online lottery by which people will be given an extended period in which to put their names into the ballot on the World Cup's official ticketing website, Kyazoonga.com. The lottery will take place after the period to register is completed. This will be the first time that there will be an online lottery for a sports event held in the subcontinent.

Organisers say the lottery is a common practice at other global sporting events where there is a heavy demand for tickets. The lottery for the London Olympic Games in 2012, for example, opens on March 15, 2011. Each winner will be restricted to just two tickets, however. "This way at least more people will have a chance to get the tickets," Ratnakar Shetty, the tournament director, told Times of India.

Kyazoonga says that they had suggested a lottery system at the start of the tournament as one means of ticket distribution, but the idea had been rejected because of its novelty in the subcontinent. At one stage on Monday, the website had 500,000 concurrent users trying to buy tickets to the World Cup final. Of the 4000 tickets being put on sale for the game, only 1000 will be available online.


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Posted by Amit on (February 24, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

The world cup in West Indies 2007 was my first as a spectator. The best part about it was that you could purchase tickets almost a year in advance. This allowed us to make our travel plans with ample time.

Sad as it is to say, I'm glad I am not going to this World Cup. I love Mumbai, but which final for any international tournament is held in such a small venue? Why not choose DY Patil Stadium if the politicians still want Mumbai as the city? When there are only 4000 tickets available by lottery, the best way to protest is to not attend. This is why cricket is not a mainstream sport like Football and American Sports. .

Also, whoever was in charge of the Wankhede renovations should have made adding more capacity their first priority. At least 50k to 75k in attendance would be viable.

It seems like the ICC has been missing the target with things lately. First the associates, now this?

Looking forward to the next WC in Australia as I'm definitely planning on attendina

Posted by TR on (February 24, 2011, 4:12 GMT)

Why not have 2 ODIs for each match from SF onwards? That is, SF1 will be 2 matches (between the same 2 teams), say one at Delhi and one in Chennai. The result will be based on best NRR if they win 1 each. SF 2 will be 2 matches one in Bengaluru and 1 in Columbo. Finals will be 2 matches 1 in Mumbai and 1 in Calcutta. That way you get 6 matches and all major cities get the satisfaction of witnessing important matches. Most importantly the audience is doubled. And well the BCCI income also is doubled. :-))

Posted by kishan on (February 24, 2011, 3:36 GMT)

Its very unfortunate that Stadium like Eden Garden is not hosting Final , BCCI should have spent some money to make it better , just sheer politics and money making. and over that only 4000 out of 33000 tickets for public.

Posted by Manoj on (February 23, 2011, 23:57 GMT)

Is there a charge to put your name in the lottery. Will they charge you Rs 15000 at the time of registering for the lottery and then if you do not win they will return the money after a few months (again if you are lucky-kidding)

Posted by Manoj on (February 23, 2011, 23:51 GMT)

Never before have I heard so much about ticket sales, 4000 tickets for the public, 1000 online and sorts. Had the media not put that on print I for one would have never known about such shortage of tickets for the general public and would have assumed that well the all the tickets got sold. Well thanks to the media.

Posted by AJITH on (February 23, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

For those who are question why the finals cant be moved to Eden Gardens : do you really think pawar will let that happen? Heard of politicis, anyone?

Posted by Vasu on (February 23, 2011, 22:15 GMT)


Posted by Sahil on (February 23, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

Mere 4000 tickets available via retail for the general public ! The important question that needs to be asked here is-AT WHAT PRICE ? The large demand is bound to send the prices spiraling sky-high.

The stadium capacity at Mumbai is 33,000. Does this mean they will give out 29,000 tickets as passes / obligations ? If so, it is a very very sad state indeed. Imagine if India does not reach the final, half the public will throw away their tickets.

Posted by Deepak on (February 23, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

I am a Mumbaikar I hate to admit that ground capacity is not suitable for events like Final... ICC should have thought before scheduling Final match in Mumbai... The ticket fiasco is not new in Subcontinent...

Posted by Prokash on (February 23, 2011, 18:38 GMT)

This is a decision reflects the inability of ICC to organize an event like world cup. I totally agree with Preshant Sekhar that the final must be somewhere where the capacity and the facilities are better. EDEN GARDEN capacity is 100,000 and ICC should consider this venue for the final. May be for the semi finals as well. So that more people will get the opportunity to watch the matches.

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