West Indies in India 2011-12 November 7, 2011

Mumbai to cut ticket prices for Test

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The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has decided to slash ticket prices for the third Test between India and West Indies to try and draw larger crowds to the Wankhede Stadium. The decision comes after the low attendances during the recent India-England ODI series - 13,000 tickets were sold at the Wankhede Stadium, which seats 33,000.

Daily tickets for the Test will be priced as low as Rs 50 and season tickets for vantage viewing points like the premium Vithal Divecha Pavilion will be on offer for Rs 600. An ODI ticket for the same stand was priced at Rs 5000 (a comparison with previous Test ticket rates is difficult because the last match played at the Wankhede was five years ago). A season ticket in the North Stand will cost Rs 500; a ticket for the ODI against England was priced at Rs 3000. The reduction is even greater for the Sunil Gavaskar Stand (Rs 4000 to Rs 500).

"We are hoping that people take advantage of the season ticket because those are priced reasonably. If somebody buys a season ticket for Rs 500, he need not wait in the queue for a daily ticket that costs Rs 100," Ratnakar Shetty, one of the MCA vice-presidents and also the BCCI's chief administrative officer, said.

Shetty denied, however, that the price cuts were a direct consequence of the low turnout in the ODI series. "There is no relation between pricing and the abysmal turnout during the recent India-England one-day series," Shetty said. "In Kolkata a Rs 25,000 ticket was being sold at Rs 500, but still there were no takers. The cost was not a reason for low attendance. There were other reasons: both countries were playing back-to-back series and it was also the holiday season."

Shetty said it was almost impossible for any Indian ground to witness a full house any more, especially for a Test. "But you have to make sure you get as large a crowd as possible through smart ticket pricing. And that is actually not so easy.

"Even in the last Test match in Mumbai, at the Brabourne Stadium (between India and Sri Lanka in 2009), the tickets were moderately priced. And about 5000 free tickets were given to school and college students for the Test match. Given that system had worked well, the MCA managing committee decided to carry that forward."

Similar discounts offered to fans by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for the ongoing Test at Feroz Shah Kotla have been undermined by a complicated sales system. The cheapest daily ticket is priced at Rs 100 while a five-day ticket for the best seat in the ground, in the South Club House at the ITC End, costs Rs 4000. On the first day, though, the ticket office at the Kotla was closed without explanation and only 11,000 fans were in a stadium that has a capacity of about 45,000.

Things appeared more confusing at the Kotla on Monday, the second day, with chaotic scenes at the point of sale - the branch of a nationalised bank located on a nearby road. Still, an estimated 14,000 fans turned up.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | November 10, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    organize India-Pakistan series and then sit back, relax and watch the show.. Every game will be jam packed ! Most of The people of India eagerly waiting India-pakistan matches.. It's like hot dish ! serves first come first basis..it's always exciting ! so my message to bcci is to Organize India-pakistan series ASAP so they will earn from this losses.

  • POSTED BY sreekantesh on | November 9, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Dear BCCI Officials,

    Please organize matched in such a way that the match days contain weekends. It will help to attend the match in the grounds as well as watch them on TV, but have have you seen the match dates for this WI series Kolkata Test starting on MONDAY (yes believe it) & Mumbai on Tuesday. You are making sure to conclude the matches before the weekends. Don't be so over confident. Attendance at the stadiums as well as TV viewership too will drop. In a way you are not keeping cricket lovers interest in view while fixing the itinerary.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | November 9, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    I think it will be a well attended match because India broke their horrible sequence of losses in Delhi and importantly, Sachin looked well in control of his game in the 2nd innings. By this I mean, there is a chance that he will get that elusive 100th cebtury in Mumbai, his home which is how it should be ideally. So weekdays do not really matter. Let us hope also that it is a wonderful match.The West Indies are no pushovers as we saw in Delhi. In fact good preparation for the Australian tour.

  • POSTED BY akashchandran on | November 9, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Centres like Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkutta are having a surfeit of cricket with the IPL also being staged in these venues. The BCCI should think about developing new venues for Test match cricket other than existing Test/ODI/IPL centres nwhere international competitive cricket is not common place and therefore there would be interest in viewing the cricket and cricket stars. e.g.Thiruvananthapuram/Kozhikode(Kerala), Coimbatore/Madurai/Trichy(Tamilnadu), Bhopal(MP), Panaji(Goa), Mysore/Mangalore(Karnataka), Ranchi(Jharkand), Patna(Bihar) etc.

  • POSTED BY on | November 9, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Arre geniuses - whats the point of reducing match ticket prices if the test is going to be played on weekdays ONLY. Nov 22 - 26 is Tuesday to Saturday. And we all know that NO test lasts 5 days at the Wankhede. So essentially its going to be played ONLY on weekdays!!! Give away free tickets if you want - there will be no crowd at this test match.

  • POSTED BY nikhilchaubal on | November 9, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    The tickets are low as the scheduling done is in the worst possible way. Test Match begins on tuesday and end on saturday..we all know match at wankhede wont last till saturday so basically no weekend and bet on it for an another poor turnout...but for the master and his 100

  • POSTED BY Angad11 on | November 8, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    @Winnipeg. Agree with you that we need to make it a fun day. But do you know how much NFL, NFL etc charge per ticket? For NFL, it starts with $100 going to $7500 and you will never be able to get any ticket for the starting price. Aside from that, the food, water, soda they sell there is at skyrocket price, add parking to that. If two people want to go, it would cost at least $500. ITS A TOTAL RIP OFF. But yes the facilities are top notch, but if we are willing to pay even half of that im sure BCCI can give much better facilities. PS - BCCI, pls do not use this as an excuse, just shut up and provide A class facilities in the mecca of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    It would be a shame if Sachin scores his 100/100 in an empty stadium....

  • POSTED BY manish666 on | November 8, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    i went to kotla after taking leave from office...found out tht ticket counter at the venue nt operating...also found a man selling 100 rs. ticket in black at 250..i informed nearest standing DELHI POLICE PERSONAL..

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Great move of reducing prices. Trust Mumbai to again be as electric as it used to be earlier. Prices for previous Test Match north stand ticket was abt 200 a day

    For all those who planning to go, the facilities are simply superb now, I am sure ppl who had seen world cup matches or Ind vs Eng ODI will agree.

    However the scheduling of the match is simply pathetic. I work from Mon to Sat, hence I wont be able to go for a single day also. plus none of matches in wankede last for 5days

  • POSTED BY on | November 10, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    organize India-Pakistan series and then sit back, relax and watch the show.. Every game will be jam packed ! Most of The people of India eagerly waiting India-pakistan matches.. It's like hot dish ! serves first come first basis..it's always exciting ! so my message to bcci is to Organize India-pakistan series ASAP so they will earn from this losses.

  • POSTED BY sreekantesh on | November 9, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Dear BCCI Officials,

    Please organize matched in such a way that the match days contain weekends. It will help to attend the match in the grounds as well as watch them on TV, but have have you seen the match dates for this WI series Kolkata Test starting on MONDAY (yes believe it) & Mumbai on Tuesday. You are making sure to conclude the matches before the weekends. Don't be so over confident. Attendance at the stadiums as well as TV viewership too will drop. In a way you are not keeping cricket lovers interest in view while fixing the itinerary.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | November 9, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    I think it will be a well attended match because India broke their horrible sequence of losses in Delhi and importantly, Sachin looked well in control of his game in the 2nd innings. By this I mean, there is a chance that he will get that elusive 100th cebtury in Mumbai, his home which is how it should be ideally. So weekdays do not really matter. Let us hope also that it is a wonderful match.The West Indies are no pushovers as we saw in Delhi. In fact good preparation for the Australian tour.

  • POSTED BY akashchandran on | November 9, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Centres like Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkutta are having a surfeit of cricket with the IPL also being staged in these venues. The BCCI should think about developing new venues for Test match cricket other than existing Test/ODI/IPL centres nwhere international competitive cricket is not common place and therefore there would be interest in viewing the cricket and cricket stars. e.g.Thiruvananthapuram/Kozhikode(Kerala), Coimbatore/Madurai/Trichy(Tamilnadu), Bhopal(MP), Panaji(Goa), Mysore/Mangalore(Karnataka), Ranchi(Jharkand), Patna(Bihar) etc.

  • POSTED BY on | November 9, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Arre geniuses - whats the point of reducing match ticket prices if the test is going to be played on weekdays ONLY. Nov 22 - 26 is Tuesday to Saturday. And we all know that NO test lasts 5 days at the Wankhede. So essentially its going to be played ONLY on weekdays!!! Give away free tickets if you want - there will be no crowd at this test match.

  • POSTED BY nikhilchaubal on | November 9, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    The tickets are low as the scheduling done is in the worst possible way. Test Match begins on tuesday and end on saturday..we all know match at wankhede wont last till saturday so basically no weekend and bet on it for an another poor turnout...but for the master and his 100

  • POSTED BY Angad11 on | November 8, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    @Winnipeg. Agree with you that we need to make it a fun day. But do you know how much NFL, NFL etc charge per ticket? For NFL, it starts with $100 going to $7500 and you will never be able to get any ticket for the starting price. Aside from that, the food, water, soda they sell there is at skyrocket price, add parking to that. If two people want to go, it would cost at least $500. ITS A TOTAL RIP OFF. But yes the facilities are top notch, but if we are willing to pay even half of that im sure BCCI can give much better facilities. PS - BCCI, pls do not use this as an excuse, just shut up and provide A class facilities in the mecca of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    It would be a shame if Sachin scores his 100/100 in an empty stadium....

  • POSTED BY manish666 on | November 8, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    i went to kotla after taking leave from office...found out tht ticket counter at the venue nt operating...also found a man selling 100 rs. ticket in black at 250..i informed nearest standing DELHI POLICE PERSONAL..

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Great move of reducing prices. Trust Mumbai to again be as electric as it used to be earlier. Prices for previous Test Match north stand ticket was abt 200 a day

    For all those who planning to go, the facilities are simply superb now, I am sure ppl who had seen world cup matches or Ind vs Eng ODI will agree.

    However the scheduling of the match is simply pathetic. I work from Mon to Sat, hence I wont be able to go for a single day also. plus none of matches in wankede last for 5days

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | November 8, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    This is a positive move. Hope the administrators continue providing good facilities to the average cricket fan. Match viewing for any sport should be a pleasant experience. There is nothing like, even for TV viewing, a full house which is also clued in and interested in the proceedings.

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | November 8, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Great pricing! Good Job BBCI!

  • POSTED BY Y2SJ on | November 8, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Good move. Please improve the facilities in stadium next and we can start seeing healthy crowd for Tests and packed stadiums for ODIs.

  • POSTED BY candyfloss on | November 8, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Its not about the prices.We dont mind paying a decent amount as long as the facilities offered are good and not prohibitive.Besides I really wanted to go for the match in Mumbai, however when you start the game on Tuesday dont expect people to turn up in large numbers.The scheduling is ridiculious.

  • POSTED BY viks23 on | November 8, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    I hope the facilities are better than the last time I went for any game to the Wankhede was a Test (Ind/ Eng) a few years ago. Completely agree with all the posters - they treat you worse than cattle. There was a news article on how tickets for the Kotla test were being sold in black in spite of 90% vacancy.

    I am planning to go for the test. And of course BCCI has zero info on where to buy tickets on their website. It might be too much to expect online ticketing from them even though movie theatres have perfected this art years ago.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 8, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    @JigneshPatel_007 - You have other articles for cricket.. We can speak there.. Discussion is open for the chat related to the article!!

  • POSTED BY DAHSUT on | November 8, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    GREAT I AM SURELY GOING TO WATCH THE MATCH

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    When I last went to the Wankhede, in 2002, the facilities were abysmal. The toilets were overflowing, no water, bad food... and bad cricket. Anybody in their sane minds would not take their kids or wife to the stadium... even if tickets are offered for free.

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Looks like Mr.Vilasrao Deshmukh(President ,MCA) had to eat a humble pie..good for him!

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    As people say, more than getting the prices low, BCCI must also look into the facilities of the stadiums and help people in getting good food and seating arrangements...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 8, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    Reducing the ticket prices will help in greater attendance. However the other basic items need to be addressed such as: 1. Clean & full wash room facilities. 2. Reasonably priced hygenic snacks & drinks readily available. 3.Tickets available at the gate 4. Cheap & good travel & parking facilities. One bad mistake the BCCI has made is the choice of start of the test matches. Thursday is the start day in most countries & India used to follow it. Ideally Friday might be better day to get maximum crowds in India because of Sat. & Sun. being non worlking days. None of the 3 tests fit into this category with one test played on 5 week days.This needs to be corrected in future. Finally reduce the ticket prices to 50% for the seniors, Students & ladies. If these factoprs are all included India has a better chance of haveing a house full stadium. There is lot of work which needs to be done to comply with these changes.

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    why wasnt this brain used for the Test in Nagpur in November 2008 against Australia? There there were NO DAILY TICKETS, season tickets were as high at 10,000 Rs starting from 2,000. The stadium was 16 km outside the city and no transport facilities were made. Auto costs were 700 a day for going to the stadium. No food allowed inside the stadium, not to talk of binoculars etc. People were dying to watch that match, and only 3000 people came in a 40,000 capacity stadium and we had brainless people like Boria Majumdar saying that Nagpur should not be given Tests and condemning the people for this. Even in the next test in Feb 2010, no DAILY TICKETS and no buses arranged to go so far. But for the 2011 India South Africa World Cup One dayer, 150 free buses were arranged though tickets were very costly. Keep tests at the old stadium in civil Lines which is in the city and keep tickets cheap, you will see huge crowds for tests.

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | November 7, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Everybody saying ridiculous about stadium and it's facilities, but why people are not talking about how ridiculous game played by India against the bottom level team. Why should people spend Rs. 50 to see India's TV actors? They can see them everyday in advertisements.

  • POSTED BY SpartaArmy on | November 7, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    We are not far away from the dead end, sooner or later BCCI will charge nothing for watching games in stadiums. LEAGUES are out of leauge in countries like India. Thanks to IPL, cricket is becoming an another hockey.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 7, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    50 Rupees? I wouldn't even give 50 Paise. It's my hard earned money. If BCCI loves my money so much that they want to have it, then how much do they think I love my money? If they want my money, they need to earn it from me. Ridiculous stadia with ridiculous facilities. For me, price of the ticket is not the most important criterion. Facilities are. Period!

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | November 7, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Rs50 is still too high for the dodgy facilities that BCCI offers the suffering Indian fans. It still costs Rs200 to get to these grounds. Then there is the overpriced and undercooked food. Rude service. How about if BCCI pays the fans for turning up? Mark my words, BCCI will shortly have to rent a crowd or get school buses full of school kids to fill the stadiums. Because empty stadiums looks really bad on TV and are a bad advertisement for the BCCI"s product. Afterall, everyone wants to get tickets to the "House Full" movie. CricInfo please publish this comment.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    who schedules test matches to start on a Monday or a Tuesday.. in today's India people will not bunk / take leaves from offices or colleges to see 5 days of a test match.. if tests start on a Wednesday or a Thursday.. people have at least 2 weekend days to watch the cricket.. India is the only country which has these weird scheduling days which is a shame.. 3rd & 4th days of a test matches are usually the interesting ones where matches are setup..

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    The decision is awesome. Hope that the Wankhede will buzz again to see the Little Champion get one more hundred.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Venue: Wankhede Stadium

    IPL T20 between MI v/s CSK priced @ Rs.1250 for just 40 overs

    Test cricket match Between Ind and WI for 5 days @ rs. 250(5*50) for 450 Overs(estimated)

    Conclusion: One over in an IPL match costs u 31.25 rs, while One over in Test match can cost u aroud 0.55 rs

  • POSTED BY nickydude on | November 7, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Glad!!! The first step towards bringing arrogant BCCI to earth. After the insulting comments by the BCCI mgmt, that ticket sales make only 20% of their revenue. People shud still boycott this, till they get better facilities at par with grounds in the world.

  • POSTED BY inswing on | November 7, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Finally a hint of sense from the administrators. The prices should be even lower: the cheapest tickets should be virtually free, such Rs. 10.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Make the stadiums an experience instead of it being cattle shed or like travel in a local train for the people to come and enjoy the game

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | November 7, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    I do not understand what has been reduced here. Farther stands have been priced at 50 rs for a long time for the test matches at venues like bangalore. Even if they are reduced further it wont be filled for sure for this WI series. I wonder if they are filled even if you give most of the seats free to school children.

  • POSTED BY sanyam_kamat on | November 7, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Whom should we complain when my friend tried to buy a ticket for Kotla match and he was denied by the Bank authorites...he had to buy the same ticket for double the amount in BLACK !!! Can someone plzz help regarding it...

  • POSTED BY RSBali on | November 7, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Indian cricket board should learn from NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB on how to make it enjoyable for the fans. It should be an opportunity for a family fun day with top notch facilities for the people who pay. The officials of the cricket board should set their ego aside and hire a consultant to help them. Lalit Modi was a ray of hope.

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  • POSTED BY RSBali on | November 7, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Indian cricket board should learn from NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB on how to make it enjoyable for the fans. It should be an opportunity for a family fun day with top notch facilities for the people who pay. The officials of the cricket board should set their ego aside and hire a consultant to help them. Lalit Modi was a ray of hope.

  • POSTED BY sanyam_kamat on | November 7, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Whom should we complain when my friend tried to buy a ticket for Kotla match and he was denied by the Bank authorites...he had to buy the same ticket for double the amount in BLACK !!! Can someone plzz help regarding it...

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | November 7, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    I do not understand what has been reduced here. Farther stands have been priced at 50 rs for a long time for the test matches at venues like bangalore. Even if they are reduced further it wont be filled for sure for this WI series. I wonder if they are filled even if you give most of the seats free to school children.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Make the stadiums an experience instead of it being cattle shed or like travel in a local train for the people to come and enjoy the game

  • POSTED BY inswing on | November 7, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Finally a hint of sense from the administrators. The prices should be even lower: the cheapest tickets should be virtually free, such Rs. 10.

  • POSTED BY nickydude on | November 7, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Glad!!! The first step towards bringing arrogant BCCI to earth. After the insulting comments by the BCCI mgmt, that ticket sales make only 20% of their revenue. People shud still boycott this, till they get better facilities at par with grounds in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Venue: Wankhede Stadium

    IPL T20 between MI v/s CSK priced @ Rs.1250 for just 40 overs

    Test cricket match Between Ind and WI for 5 days @ rs. 250(5*50) for 450 Overs(estimated)

    Conclusion: One over in an IPL match costs u 31.25 rs, while One over in Test match can cost u aroud 0.55 rs

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    The decision is awesome. Hope that the Wankhede will buzz again to see the Little Champion get one more hundred.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    who schedules test matches to start on a Monday or a Tuesday.. in today's India people will not bunk / take leaves from offices or colleges to see 5 days of a test match.. if tests start on a Wednesday or a Thursday.. people have at least 2 weekend days to watch the cricket.. India is the only country which has these weird scheduling days which is a shame.. 3rd & 4th days of a test matches are usually the interesting ones where matches are setup..

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | November 7, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Rs50 is still too high for the dodgy facilities that BCCI offers the suffering Indian fans. It still costs Rs200 to get to these grounds. Then there is the overpriced and undercooked food. Rude service. How about if BCCI pays the fans for turning up? Mark my words, BCCI will shortly have to rent a crowd or get school buses full of school kids to fill the stadiums. Because empty stadiums looks really bad on TV and are a bad advertisement for the BCCI"s product. Afterall, everyone wants to get tickets to the "House Full" movie. CricInfo please publish this comment.