The T20 International between India and South Africa in Guwahati on Sunday will be a packed house and all tickets have been sold out, an official said. The transparent way in which the tickets were sold has also increased enthusiasm among cricket fans, Assam Cricket Association (ACA) secretary Devajit Saikia told PTI on Friday. “We expect a full house. Of the approximately 38,000 seats, 21,200 were for the general public and the tickets were sold online in two phases. The tickets sold out in no time,” he said.
An additional 12,000 tickets were made available to the public through the neighborhood associations, and these were sold over the counter.
“Usually 40-50 percent of tickets sent to the districts come back unsold. This time barely 100 tickets came back to us,” said Saikia.
The rest of the tickets will be sent to state associations, and some will be given as free tickets to special guests and invitees, he added.
The capacity of the ACA Stadium in Guwahati is 39,500, but 1,500 are “killed seats” because the view of the field from there is not available.
“The fact that ticket sales were completely transparent ensured that true fans of the game have the opportunity to see their favorite players in action. There is an unprecedented enthusiasm among them,” said Saikia.
He said that since the last competition hosted at the venue in January 2020, the enthusiasm among the people has been even greater.
Crowd management, security and traffic regulations are foolproof and all agencies work in a coordinated manner, he said.
“The match day is in the middle of Durga Puja and additional arrangements have been made for all aspects,” he added.
Saikia said a high-scoring game is expected and ACA is ready with additional entertainment for the public in addition to that on the field by the players.
“We have an entertainment system for the public. There will be DJs playing and fireworks. It will run throughout the game. We expect a good game,” he said.
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