The Indian Premier League has announced the sale of online tickets for the second season in South Africa starting April 18.
The tickets for the double-header in Cape Town on April 18 are priced between South African Rand 50 for students to Rand 200/150 for the grand stands and are inclusive of the opening ceremony. Kingsmead in Durban hosts 16 games, the most for a single venue, and the tickets are priced between Rand 25 for students to Rand 150 for the grand stands.
The organisers have focused on making the tickets affordable, in order to attract youngsters to the event. The tournament had to be moved out of India due to the general elections in the country.
The prices are relatively cheaper in the smaller venues like East London, Port Elizabeth, Kimberley and Bloemfontein, ranging between Rand10 and Rand 75.
“We had promised our fans in the Rainbow Nation of a non-stop cricket carnival and the attractive ticket pricing,” Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, said. “I think should be a huge impetus for fans to come and see some of the best cricketing talent in the world, display their prowess on the field.” Fans can avail tickets at the official website http://www.computicket.com.
TICKETS for the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament will go on sale at various outlets around Port Elizabeth from Monday.
The IPL will explode into action in Cape Town on Saturday, April 18, with the first match at Sahara Oval St George‘s being played two days later.
The opening clash in Port Elizabeth will feature the Chennai Super Kings and the Bangalore Royal Challengers, starting at 4.30pm.
Unreserved tickets will sell at R10 for children and R25 for adults. Tickets for the Duckpond Pavilion terrace will cost R50 and those for the top tier R75.
Fans will initially only be able to buy tickets for matches to be played in April. The tickets for May‘s fixtures will go on sale from April 15. Tickets can be bought at the ground and through Computicket.
The IPL expects to sell about 1,5 million seats at the eight venues during the tournament. The event will attract a global audience of more than two billion people during the 59 matches spread over 34 days.
The fixtures for Port Elizabeth are:
(All Timings mentioned below are South Africa Local Time)
Monday, April 20: Chennai Super Kings v Bangalore Royal Challengers, 4.30pm.
Sunday, April 26: Bangalore Royal Challengers v Delhi Daredevils, 12.30pm.
Monday, April 27: Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, 4.30pm.
Saturday, May 2: Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals, 12.30pm.
Sunday, May 3: Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab, 12.30pm.
Sunday, May 10: Mumbai Indians v Bangalore Royal Challengers, 12.30pm.
Saturday, May 16: Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, 12.30pm.
Tickets Sold Out For IPL Opener at Sahara Park, Newlands, Cape Town
The IPL in South Africa has got the best possible start as tickets for the opening day extravaganza have been sold out within two hours.
IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi told CNN-IBN that the unprecedented rush for tickets will result in a full house at Newlands, Cape Town on April 18.
“We are expecting a full house in Cape Town,” Modi told CNN-IBN on Friday. “From all the indications we had about slow sales and that it would take a few weeks to get the sales up, I’m happy to report that we went on radio to break the campaign with the sale starting this morning and the tickets were sold out within two hours.”
Modi said the IPL has a good opportunity to build a global fan base with the second edition in South Africa.
“I think the whole idea is of displaying the flavour of India all throughout the tournament,” he said. “We have a lot of entertainment and great cricket around, and the way we are selling it to the people of South Africa, they should come and embrace the teams. It’s a part of their life like you would support any other football team and make the teams known all across the world. We want to make sure that the stadiums are full and that’s our only objective right now, which is to build a fan base.”
Modi added that people from around the world have already signed up for the event. “We have had a good response. Kingfisher Airlines started its flights to Cape Town and there are some other airlines who are bringing in packages. We have had a few thousand tickets sold to Indian fans. In reality, we have had some 600-700 confirmed bookings, with a few hundred coming out of England itself. About 400 bookings have been confirmed from the Middle East and some people from Australia are also coming in.”
An extravagant opening ceremony will kick in cricket’s biggest carnival, followed by a double header. Chennai Super Kings take on the Mumbai Indians in the opening game, followed by defending champions Rajasthan Royals taking on the Bangalore Royal Challengers.