Just a few tickets remain for sale for the Finals of ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010 as the Caribbean today marks 50 days to the start of the tournament next month.
Noting that cricketing fans worldwide have “woken up to the fact that this event is happening”, Tournament Director, Mr. Robert Bryan, disclosed a mere ten per cent of public tickets is up for grabs for the grand finale at Kensington Oval, Barbados, on May 16th. Additionally, tickets for the opening day of the third ICC WT20 spectacle – April 30th in Guyana – are also in high demand, with only 15 per cent still available for that match day.
“Overall, ticket sales are up to 60 per cent and increasing daily. It’s amazing the number of queries and calls about tickets that we are receiving now. Fans are suddenly energised and excited about the ICC WT20 tournament coming to the West Indies and they definitely want to be part of it,” said Mr. Bryan.
“Ticket prices are also very affordable – ranging from as low as US$5 for a Group Stage match to a modest high of US$40 for a seat at the Finals – and people are realising this is going to be great entertainment value for their money; especially getting two matches every day.”
The second phase of Ticketing commenced on March 1st and fans can now get their tickets in hand when they make purchases at any of the five Ticket Centres across the region (in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Trinidad). Fans who bought tickets in Phase 1, which ended on February 28, will receive their tickets in early April.
Listing other functional areas which are progressing well, Mr. Bryan said work is ongoing on all outfields and pitches and they are about 80 per cent ready.
“It’s just a case of following through with the respective plans for each ground and everything should fall into place. These preparations have, in some instances, meant limited use of some facilities while certain others have been locked down. Within the next six weeks, matches will be played on various grounds to test their level of readiness.”
Off the field, the Tournament Song “Bring It” has hit the international airwaves and is already receiving positive response as the marketing and public-relations campaign builds momentum, with a number of activities slated to be rolled out in the coming weeks.
“The theme for this event says it all – ‘Bring It!’ Everything is centred around that – the WT20 marketing strategy; the Tournament Song; the television commercial featuring various personalities; the giant cricket bats that have been put up across the host venues; T-shirts stating ‘I’m Bringing It’ – and there’s more to come with the ‘Bring It’ Flash Performances and Bus Tour in various Caribbean countries,” outlined the Tournament Director.
“The Flash Performances will feature Mr. Vegas and Fay Ann Lyons who are the artistes on ‘Bring It’. They will appear at a series of short concerts in the host venues, singing the Tournament Song and a few of their other signature tracks at popular locations. This kicks off in Guyana next Friday, March 19th.
“From the Flash Performances, we’ll move to the Bus Tour which includes the host nations as well as Antigua, Jamaica, St. Vincent and Trinidad. A ‘Bring It’ bus will be touring various towns and areas in these countries and the public will have the chance to get WT20 giveaways and participate in fun trivia questions to win prizes. This is all part of taking the ‘Bring It’ promotion to the communities. We want to give people a taste of the excitement and revelry they can expect on match days and encourage them to come out and support the event.”