Edgbaston Confirms Vitality Blast Finals Day 2020 Sell Out
Just over two weeks since Essex Eagles defeated Worcestershire Rapids at Vitality Blast Finals Day, Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium has confirmed that the demand for general admission tickets for Finals Day, in 2020, has been greater than ever before in the 17-year history of the tournament.
Taking place on Saturday 5 September 2020, the initial allocation of tickets for Vitality Finals Day have sold out ahead of the planned general sale period thanks to increased demand from cricket supporters in the advanced priority windows.
Tickets were also assigned to cricket supporters from across the country through a public ballot, in order to fairly manage the growing popularity of what is unquestionably the biggest day in the county cricket calendar.
Neil Snowball, Chief Executive of Edgbaston Stadium, said: “We’ve worked really hard with the ECB and its tournament partners over the last few years to make Vitality Blast Finals Day an unrivalled experience that can appeal to all supporters of county cricket, young and old.
“The trusted format of three games in a day and the increased programme of entertainment and activations make it a unique event in the global cricket calendar and one that the cricket fans clearly love and we are seeing a high proportion of ticket purchasers returning year after year.
“The launch of The Hundred along with another packed international schedule will make 2020 another very important summer of cricket in England and Wales and today’s news of a Finals Day sell out is great for the game and highlights how the Vitality Blast can continue to thrive alongside this exciting, new tournament.”
As in previous years for Vitality Blast Finals Day, Edgbaston holds an agreed allocation of tickets back for the members and supporters of the four semi-final teams, which increased in 2019, whilst a further allocation of general admission tickets will also be released next summer when the position of the pitch and sightscreen restrictions have been confirmed.
An ECB spokesperson said: “The record-breaking sell-out for next year’s Vitality Blast Finals Day is exciting news and further illustrates the opportunity for cricket to build on a memorable summer in which attendances at international domestic matches broke the three-million mark for the first time.
“The Blast saw average attendances increase by 15% this year and the ECB is committed to investing more than ever into the tournament next season to help continue its growth while dovetailing with our other men’s and women’s fixtures to entertain core cricket fans and attract new fans to our game.”
Vitality Blast Finals Day is part of Edgbaston’s seven-day programme of major match cricket in 2020, which includes the second match of England’s Test series with West Indies from Friday 12 June and the One-Day international versus Ireland on Saturday 12 September.
Snowball added: “We may be in the early part of the off season but the appetite for cricket following the golden summer of 2019 certainly isn’t slowing down.
“We’re approaching capacity for the Friday and Saturday of England’s Test with West Indies and overall demand for this match is significantly stronger when compared with our last fixture between the two sides in 2017.
“Hosting Ireland for the first time in an ODI will also be a great occasion as we welcome back Eoin Morgan and England’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup winners to Edgbaston for the first time since their incredible success last season.”