Over 2.5 million ticket applications received for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
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Over 2.5 million ticket applications received for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Dubai, Sep 12: Over 2.5 million ticket applications received over two ballot phases as excitement builds ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Public Ballot closed on August 29 concluding the ticket ballot phase for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup.

Applications for tickets have far exceeded predictions with fans in England and Wales and around the world grabbing the unique opportunity to be at cricket's showpiece event.

The high demand for tickets during the Public Ballot resulted in over 1.6 million applications for tickets and took the total number of tickets applied for at the tournament to over 2.5 million across the two ballots.

Tickets were bought across 148 different countries and as far and wide as Madagascar and Mexico which truly shows the global appeal of the World Cup.

Matches involving hosts England and top-ranked teams have been highly sought after but sales across all 11 venues to watch the ten competing teams have been remarkable. India v Pakistan remains the most popular fixture with enough ticket applications to fill Wembley Stadium several times over, alongside key matches such as England vs Australia and the Final at Lord’s – all of which are heavily oversubscribed at all price bands.

The Public Ballot phase was supported by a launch film viewed over 9m times starring Freddie Flintoff, singing and dancing to the sound of Imagine Dragons’ ‘On Top of the World’ as he invited the public to join the World Cup carnival. In addition, a content series featuring comedy actor ‘Chabuddy G’, from BAFTA television award-winning show ‘ People Just Do Nothing’, helped broaden the appeal of the tournament and reach a wider audience outside of cricket.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Managing Director, Steve Elworthy said, ‘‘The tournament will be the biggest sporting event taking place in England and Wales next summer and the demand for tickets reflects the excitement of the public here and all the fans around the world. We’d urge any fan interested in still attending to not miss out in the General Sale as most matches will then be sold out.”

"We have developed a pricing structure to drive accessibility with U16 tickets from just £6 and adults from as little as £16 as we wanted to make this world-class sporting event experience open to as many fans as possible. The demand for tickets serves to demonstrate the success of this strategy and help us grow the long-term fan base of the game," he said.

“There will be tickets available in General Sale period for at least one game featuring each competing team as well as at least one game at every venue resulting in some really great tickets remaining. We want to ensure that we welcome as many fans as possible to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime tournament,” Elworthy said.

Fans that applied for tickets during the Public Ballot will be notified tomorrow if they have been successful via email. The fans who missed out in both the Public Ballot and Cricket Family Ballot will be prioritised again through a 34-hour window that will open on 1000 hours on September 25 and run until 2000 hours on the September 26 before the remainder of tickets are made available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis from 1000 am BST on September 27.

There will be around 50,000 tickets available during the General Sale period. To purchase remaining tickets fans must register an account via the Official Ticketing Website.

Fans who can no longer attend matches will be able to put their tickets on the Official Resale Platform through the CWC19 ticketing website later in the year. This will be the safest and most secure way to sell tickets at face value and will allow fellow fans to enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere of the World Cup.

Hospitality tickets are now available for most matches and will give fans the opportunity to secure a place at the tournament in addition to enjoying the best match day experience each stadium has to offer. More details are available at the Official Ticketing Website.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament will run from May 30 to July 14. The semi-finals will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham on July 9 and 11 respectively, while Lord’s will host the final on July 14.

Eleven venues across England and Wales will be used, namely Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff (four matches), Bristol County Ground in Bristol (three matches), County Ground Taunton in Taunton (three matches), Edgbaston in Birmingham (five matches, including the second semi-final), Hampshire Bowl in Southampton (five matches), Headingley in Leeds (four matches), Lord’s in London (five matches, including the final), Old Trafford in Manchester (six matches, including the first semi-final), The Oval in London (five matches, including the tournament opener), The Riverside Durham in Chester-le-Street (three matches) and Trent Bridge in Nottingham (five matches).

The 10 teams in the tournament will play against each other in a single-league format, with the top four sides after 45 matches to qualify for the two semi-finals England and Wales have previously staged ICC Cricket World Cups in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 Australia is the most successful team in the history of the World Cup, having won events in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015. The West Indies won the first two editions in 1975 and 1979, while India won in 1983 and 2011. Other winners are Pakistan in 1992 and Sri Lanka in 1996. (UNI)