New Zealand in USA and West Indies 2012 June 22, 2012

Florida T20 ticket sales double from 2010 event

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More than 10,000 fans are expected to turn out each day for the pair of Twenty20s between New Zealand and West Indies on June 30 and July 1 in Florida. The two T20 matches in 2010 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka received lukewarm response with an average crowd of 4300, but more than twice as many seats have been sold for next weekend's event.

According to Jeff Miller, the event manager at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, about 5000-6000 tickets remain for each day's play with capacity of the venue set at 16,400. According to another source, approximately 5000 fans from around the Caribbean who have tickets are expected to travel to Florida for the weekend.

While the traveling supporters will be a good boost for the local economy, there are still some doubts regarding the appetite for cricket among the local population, which features a sizeable Jamaican expatriate contingent. Cricket Holdings America - the joint venture between the USA Cricket Association and New Zealand Cricket - is aiming to use south Florida and the Central Broward Regional Park to launch an expansion team for its proposed Twenty20 league slated to start next summer. A strong level of support from cricket fans residing in the area is needed to prove it can support a team in such a league.

In general, the greater Miami area has a poor reputation for attendance at outdoor pro-sporting events. The NFL's Miami Dolphins had the second worst home attendance percentage in 2008, a year in which they made the playoffs, and once again ranked 31 out of 32 teams in 2011. Baseball's Miami Marlins ranked 28th out of 30 teams last year in home attendance percentage and while they have improved on that in 2012 to move up to 12th, that's still low for a team playing in a brand new $634 million stadium which opened in April.

West Indies have yet to name a squad for the Twenty20 matches, but the recent return of Chris Gayle could provide a late surge in ticket sales in the days leading up to the Florida fixtures.

Peter Della Penna is a journalist based in New Jersey

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  • POSTED BY slashsharma on | June 25, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    I hope TS Debby will not be a sport spoiler.

  • POSTED BY gmoturu on | June 25, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    like godfey said why can't ICC ask some big personalities who are interested in cricket like Ron Howard or aussie and kiwi actors to talk about the game.

  • POSTED BY kunderanengineer on | June 25, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Might have helped ticket sales more if the 2nd T20 didn't clash with the European Championships Final which is scheduled for the same day same time.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    I guess New Zealand is too far for some people to travel for just a couple T20I (teams and such)

    More and More they are playing overseas... Good luck black caps!

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    I guess New Zealand is too far for some people to travel for just a couple T20I (teams and such)

    More and More they are playing overseas... Good luck black caps!

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @Arthesth Aadhran........true bro....

  • POSTED BY diddles on | June 24, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    How can one take US cricket seriously when its national teams simply contain expatriates and the children of expatriates....in particular West Indians and the Sub-continent. I know some expatriates are trying to encourage the broader American populace (ie. White, African American and Latino) embrace the game at some level, but far too many of the US cricket community, particularly those from the Sub-continent are on personal ego trips when it comes as to who administers and plays for the American representative.

    No cricket is not going to push aside traditional US sports, but it could be a popular niche sport like soccer or rugby if wiser minds prevailed.

    A quota system should be encouraged where at a club and representative level, players outside these expatriate communities are brought into the sport. Such a policy which send a serious to the general American community and to their media that cricket was a sport worth embracing.

  • POSTED BY lanka-is-the-best on | June 23, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    I live in florida and I am happy that the games are here. The problem was lack of advertisement about the games happening. I attended the last game and I will be going for the saturday game in support of West Indies. Also, no games can be held elsewhere because the broward Regional Park is the only ICC approved venue in the United States. I doubt that the people in charge of the baseball stadiums will want to have a cricket pitch sitting in the middle of them, so no cricket there. If the USACA get over themselves and advertised the cricket, this would be a huge sucess.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    I went there last time they had SriLanka Vs NewZealand T-20 wth four other teammates frm Crescent City Cricket Club frm NewOrleans, Louisiana. It was a fun outing, & all the USACA officials were there, wth the current USA team members! Don Lockerbie was pushing fr national team tryouts in a conversation i had wth him. So all you cricket players in USA league system wanna have urself heard, head out there to brovard county cricket stadium in Florida & do wht u gotta do! Support Cricket in USA, Push fr other teams to visit as well! INDIA vs PAKISTAN, AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND!!! if they can have OBAMA bowl the first bowl lol tht would be fun!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    bring in india vs pakistan ! n u will get houseful even on mars forget florida !

  • POSTED BY slashsharma on | June 25, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    I hope TS Debby will not be a sport spoiler.

  • POSTED BY gmoturu on | June 25, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    like godfey said why can't ICC ask some big personalities who are interested in cricket like Ron Howard or aussie and kiwi actors to talk about the game.

  • POSTED BY kunderanengineer on | June 25, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Might have helped ticket sales more if the 2nd T20 didn't clash with the European Championships Final which is scheduled for the same day same time.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    I guess New Zealand is too far for some people to travel for just a couple T20I (teams and such)

    More and More they are playing overseas... Good luck black caps!

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    I guess New Zealand is too far for some people to travel for just a couple T20I (teams and such)

    More and More they are playing overseas... Good luck black caps!

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @Arthesth Aadhran........true bro....

  • POSTED BY diddles on | June 24, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    How can one take US cricket seriously when its national teams simply contain expatriates and the children of expatriates....in particular West Indians and the Sub-continent. I know some expatriates are trying to encourage the broader American populace (ie. White, African American and Latino) embrace the game at some level, but far too many of the US cricket community, particularly those from the Sub-continent are on personal ego trips when it comes as to who administers and plays for the American representative.

    No cricket is not going to push aside traditional US sports, but it could be a popular niche sport like soccer or rugby if wiser minds prevailed.

    A quota system should be encouraged where at a club and representative level, players outside these expatriate communities are brought into the sport. Such a policy which send a serious to the general American community and to their media that cricket was a sport worth embracing.

  • POSTED BY lanka-is-the-best on | June 23, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    I live in florida and I am happy that the games are here. The problem was lack of advertisement about the games happening. I attended the last game and I will be going for the saturday game in support of West Indies. Also, no games can be held elsewhere because the broward Regional Park is the only ICC approved venue in the United States. I doubt that the people in charge of the baseball stadiums will want to have a cricket pitch sitting in the middle of them, so no cricket there. If the USACA get over themselves and advertised the cricket, this would be a huge sucess.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    I went there last time they had SriLanka Vs NewZealand T-20 wth four other teammates frm Crescent City Cricket Club frm NewOrleans, Louisiana. It was a fun outing, & all the USACA officials were there, wth the current USA team members! Don Lockerbie was pushing fr national team tryouts in a conversation i had wth him. So all you cricket players in USA league system wanna have urself heard, head out there to brovard county cricket stadium in Florida & do wht u gotta do! Support Cricket in USA, Push fr other teams to visit as well! INDIA vs PAKISTAN, AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND!!! if they can have OBAMA bowl the first bowl lol tht would be fun!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    bring in india vs pakistan ! n u will get houseful even on mars forget florida !

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    I am an expat, and will be at the game, but I will be bringing 4 of my american friends. I took one of them to a twenty20 in England a couple of years ago and now he loves the sport and loves Chris Gayle and David Warner.. He was immediately into making a trip to florida when he heard about the twenty20's being organized. That is how you get the american community involved. I don't like USACA either , but rather cry and blame them all the time, every individual can do their part to introduce the local community to this wonderful game of ours.

  • POSTED BY borhans on | June 23, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Are they giving free tickets to Americans school kids .what ICC is doing to promote cricket in USA .Without more free stuffs & advertisement cricket won't do well in USA

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    this is real simple! ask Obama to bowl the first ball..... and it will catch on

  • POSTED BY karnubawax on | June 23, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Since the "USA Team" is basically a West Indies B-side, and the USACA is run by West Indians, and Broward is an area with lots of West Indian immigrants, this comes as no surprise. I'm surprised that sales are so WEAK, to be honest. This is for all practical intents and purposes a home game for the Windies.

    SL v NZ was always going to fail, because they are two small countries with small ex-pat communities in the US. They could've got a much bigger crowd in Canada.

    Games in NY may be fun, but, for my money, I see no reason why a 3-game series between, say, two of the bigger IPL teams, wouldn't sell out the 44,000 seat Oakland Coliseum (one of the few baseball grounds big enough to hold a cricket pitch, which just happens to be 15 miles away from the largest Indian ex-pat community in the USA). The idea that the USACA could even consider something like this is laughable.

    Nobody ever made it in America by thinking small. And the USACA are the living definition of thinking small.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Baseball has nothing to do with the reason for Cricket not making it in America. The USACA is to blame. The passion for cricket can be seen in the leagues and I assure you that if the USACA stopped their petty politics and thought about the game rather than their reputation, cricket will be able to make it in about 15 to 20 years. As long as the national team continues to be selected based on who you know, we will not make any progress as a cricket nation.

    As for baseball, the fact remains that a lot of people dont follow baseball until the post season comes around October. There are way too many games and the whole extra innings rules can be a turn off. I am yet to come across an avid baseball fan who disagrees with me on this.

    Cricket can make it here. The right people with true passion for the game need to be the ones promoting it. We need younger people who understand the sports culture in this country and know how to teach people about our great sport.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    This is good for South Florida, many people believe the Broward Central Regional Park was a wasteful spending about $70 million.

  • POSTED BY 512fm on | June 22, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    I feel sad though for the West Indies fans, who are probably most interested in the T20s and they don't get to see them. I really don't know why they continue to push cricket in the US, the only people that turn up are expats. Any other americans will stick to baseball, there is no need for another sport.

  • POSTED BY adam_clone on | June 22, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Honestly, the best summarization about interest in the sport here in the US is that "The average American may have heard of a sport named Cricket"!!! But yes, there are tonnes of amateur cricket leagues along the lengths and breadths of the country, manned mostly by Asian expats and a few from the Carribean, who still care about the game.

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | June 22, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    If cricket ever going to be popular in places like the US, it has to be done through T20. I know the "traditionalists" will say test is true cricket, but that is not going to win new audiences.

  • POSTED BY Rising_Edge1234 on | June 22, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Can we get a game in New York please?

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    The West Indies cricket fans in Toronto are eager to have our team return here. Toronto is - by far - the Windies best home away from home! The support here is just awesome!

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I wish California, with its sizable diaspora from Cricket playing nations would get a game.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I wish California, with its sizable diaspora from Cricket playing nations would get a game.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    The West Indies cricket fans in Toronto are eager to have our team return here. Toronto is - by far - the Windies best home away from home! The support here is just awesome!

  • POSTED BY Rising_Edge1234 on | June 22, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Can we get a game in New York please?

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | June 22, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    If cricket ever going to be popular in places like the US, it has to be done through T20. I know the "traditionalists" will say test is true cricket, but that is not going to win new audiences.

  • POSTED BY adam_clone on | June 22, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Honestly, the best summarization about interest in the sport here in the US is that "The average American may have heard of a sport named Cricket"!!! But yes, there are tonnes of amateur cricket leagues along the lengths and breadths of the country, manned mostly by Asian expats and a few from the Carribean, who still care about the game.

  • POSTED BY 512fm on | June 22, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    I feel sad though for the West Indies fans, who are probably most interested in the T20s and they don't get to see them. I really don't know why they continue to push cricket in the US, the only people that turn up are expats. Any other americans will stick to baseball, there is no need for another sport.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    This is good for South Florida, many people believe the Broward Central Regional Park was a wasteful spending about $70 million.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Baseball has nothing to do with the reason for Cricket not making it in America. The USACA is to blame. The passion for cricket can be seen in the leagues and I assure you that if the USACA stopped their petty politics and thought about the game rather than their reputation, cricket will be able to make it in about 15 to 20 years. As long as the national team continues to be selected based on who you know, we will not make any progress as a cricket nation.

    As for baseball, the fact remains that a lot of people dont follow baseball until the post season comes around October. There are way too many games and the whole extra innings rules can be a turn off. I am yet to come across an avid baseball fan who disagrees with me on this.

    Cricket can make it here. The right people with true passion for the game need to be the ones promoting it. We need younger people who understand the sports culture in this country and know how to teach people about our great sport.

  • POSTED BY karnubawax on | June 23, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Since the "USA Team" is basically a West Indies B-side, and the USACA is run by West Indians, and Broward is an area with lots of West Indian immigrants, this comes as no surprise. I'm surprised that sales are so WEAK, to be honest. This is for all practical intents and purposes a home game for the Windies.

    SL v NZ was always going to fail, because they are two small countries with small ex-pat communities in the US. They could've got a much bigger crowd in Canada.

    Games in NY may be fun, but, for my money, I see no reason why a 3-game series between, say, two of the bigger IPL teams, wouldn't sell out the 44,000 seat Oakland Coliseum (one of the few baseball grounds big enough to hold a cricket pitch, which just happens to be 15 miles away from the largest Indian ex-pat community in the USA). The idea that the USACA could even consider something like this is laughable.

    Nobody ever made it in America by thinking small. And the USACA are the living definition of thinking small.

  • POSTED BY on | June 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    this is real simple! ask Obama to bowl the first ball..... and it will catch on