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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  • slashsharma on June 25, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    I hope TS Debby will not be a sport spoiler.

  • gmoturu on June 25, 2012, 16:29 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.

  • kunderanengineer on June 25, 2012, 16:11 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.

  • dummy4fb on June 25, 2012, 11:29 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!

  • dummy4fb on June 25, 2012, 11:29 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!

  • dummy4fb on June 25, 2012, 11:14 GMT

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

  • diddles on June 24, 2012, 2:52 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.

  • lanka-is-the-best on June 23, 2012, 20:47 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.

  • dummy4fb on June 23, 2012, 19:56 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!!!

  • dummy4fb on June 23, 2012, 19:28 GMT

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

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