The T20 International between India and South Africa is expected to be a full house here on Sunday and all tickets are sold out, an official said.
The transparent manner in which tickets were sold has also boosted enthusiasm among cricket fans, Assam Cricket Association (ACA) secretary Devajit Saikia told PTI on Friday.
“We expect a full house. Of the approximately 38,000 seats, 21,200 were for the general public and tickets were sold online in two phases. The tickets were sold out in no time,” he said.
Another 12,000 tickets were made available to the public through district associations and were sold at counters.
“Usually 40-50 percent of the tickets sent to the districts are returned unsold. This time, barely 100 tickets were returned to us,” Saikia said.
The rest of the tickets are sent by the state association and some are given out as supplementary tickets for special guests and invitees, he added.
The capacity of the ACA Stadium in Guwahati is 39,500, but 1,500 are “dead seats” as there is no view of the pitch.
“Completely transparent ticketing has ensured that true lovers of the game get the opportunity to watch their favorite players in action. There is unprecedented enthusiasm between them,” claimed Saikia.
He said that since the last match held at the venue in January 2020 was sold out, the enthusiasm among the people is even greater.
Crowd control, security and traffic arrangements are reliable as all agencies work in coordination, he said. “The match day is in the midst of Durga Puja and extra arrangements have been made for all aspects,” he added. Saikia said a high-scoring match is expected and ACA is ready with more entertainment for the crowd apart from the one played by the players on the field.
“We have a crowd entertainment system in place. DJs will play and there will be fireworks. He will run throughout the match. We expect a good match,” he said. PTI SSG SOM