Fans Enjoy Exclusive Pre-Sale Access for ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Tickets
Fans of cricket around India rejoiced as they were given a head start to secure their seats for the highly anticipated ICC ODI World Cup 2023 matches. The excitement peaked when ICC’s official ticketing partner, ‘BookMyShow,’ launched an exclusive pre-sale event. This pre-sale, aimed at Mastercard customers, allowed them to get a first-hand opportunity to purchase tickets for India’s matches during the ODI World Cup.
With an exclusive window open for Mastercard holders, fans possessing MasterCard credit, debit, India, and International cards had the golden chance to book their tickets early. The pre-sale commenced on Tuesday, August 28, and within just a matter of hours, the allocated tickets for India’s games were entirely sold out, leaving cricket enthusiasts thrilled but some disappointed.
High Demand and Technical Glitches
The enthusiasm for the event was so overwhelming that cricket aficionados encountered a queue time of up to 11 hours while trying to book their tickets. In addition, several users took to social media platforms to express their frustration over the apparent crashing of the BookMyShow app. The tremendous surge in demand for tickets was a testament to the immense popularity of the ODI World Cup.
“Today it was only for those who owned a Mastercard (credit or debit, India and international). Only two tickets per person was allotted and naturally, the tickets put on pre-sale were bought by fans within an hour,”
– A confidential source from the BCCI revealed to PTI
Tickets Vanish in the Blink of an Eye
The online pre-sale commenced promptly at 6 PM IST on August 28. Astonishingly, within just one hour of the launch, tickets for the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan, scheduled for October 14, were entirely snapped up. Similarly, within the following four hours, tickets for all eight of India’s remaining games were also completely sold out.
The frenzy around the ticketing event was fueled by the exclusivity of the pre-sale. Only those with Mastercard affiliations were able to partake in this early ticketing opportunity. Each individual was limited to purchasing a maximum of two tickets during this phase.
Upcoming Ticket Sale Phases
For cricket enthusiasts who missed out on the pre-sale due to its exclusive nature, there’s no need to despair. The ticketing process for India’s games is set to take place in several phases:
- Starting from August 30: Tickets for India’s warm-up matches will be available.
- From August 31 onwards: Tickets for India’s group stage matches will be up for grabs.
- September 15 onwards: Fans can secure their seats for the semifinals and final.
This staggered approach aims to provide an equal chance to all fans across different stages of the event. It ensures that the ticketing process remains organized and accessible to cricket enthusiasts.
Anticipated Demand for India vs. Pakistan
One of the most awaited matches in the World Cup, the clash between India and Pakistan, is expected to witness a massive demand for tickets. The match is scheduled to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium, boasting a colossal capacity of 132,000 spectators.
The source inside BCCI disclosed that tickets for the India vs. Pakistan game will be made available to the general public on September 3. Given the stadium’s enormous capacity and the historic rivalry between the teams, fans are gearing up for another round of intense ticket hunting.
“However it is expected that another round will happen on September 3. The best part is that Narendra Modi Stadium has 132,000 capacity, so reasonable number of tickets could be expected to be put on sale on September 3,”
– The undisclosed source added.
The ICC has implemented a ticket allocation strategy to ensure a fair distribution:
- For India games, including the semi-finals and final, only two tickets can be booked per person.
- For non-India games, fans are allowed to book up to four tickets per person.
This approach aims to strike a balance between catering to the fervent supporters of different teams and ensuring that as many cricket enthusiasts as possible can experience the matches live from the stands.
The journey to witness the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 matches live is an exciting one, filled with anticipation and a bit of friendly competition among fans. With each phase of ticket sales, enthusiasts get closer to securing their spots in the stadium to cheer for their favorite teams.
As the countdown to the ODI World Cup continues, cricket aficionados are on their toes, ready to grab their tickets in the upcoming sales phases. Whether it’s the group stage matches or the highly-anticipated finals, the buzz around this global cricketing event remains palpable.