It appears that only a small percentage of Sachin Tendulkar's fans will be able to witness the legendary batsman's farewell Test against West Indies at the 33,000-capacity Wankhede Stadium that starts on November 14 as only 5,000 tickets will be made available to the public. To make matters worse, the website that is selling the 3,000 tickets available for sale crashed almost immediately after it was scheduled to start at 11am IST today.
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has decided against selling tickets over the counter to avoid rush at the stadium and has made tickets available to the public through its official online ticketing partner KyaZoonga.com.
Three thousand tickets have been made available for sale divided into three categories of Rs 500, Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,500. However, this doesn’t include the 1,500 special tickets priced at Rs 10,000. Only two tickets per person can be booked online.
Fans who had come in their thousands to buy tickets for the landmark match at the MCA office at the Wankhede Stadium created a commotion when told the tickets would only be sold online. However, the crowd was disbursed after police used force.
PV Shetty and Nitin Dalal, joint secretaries of MCA said, "In keeping with MCA's tradition of making access to international cricket as easy, safe and democratic as possible, we have made tickets
Shetty and Dalal added that Kyazoonga has been appointed because of its previous experience with cricket ticketing in the Indian subcontinent. "Their service delivery over the last several matches including the ICC CWC 2011 hosted by Mumbai make them the natural choice to deliver our objectives to fans. We look forward to a full house," they said in a statement.
"Most of the tickets are our commitment tickets. For public sale it can go upto 5,000 tickets. If you count the 1,500 special tickets of Rs 10,000, the overall ticket total will go to 4,500 to 5,000 tickets. It will be season ticket, and not daily tickets. The demand is so high that we want to avoid the rush of people on the day Sachin comes to bat," MCA treasurer Vinod Deshpande said.
The MCA has to reserve tickets for members of MCA's Garware Club and for the gymkhanas-Bombay, Hindu, Islam, Parsee, Catholic, as a part of its commitment.
MCA has already decided to print five tickets for each day with Tendulkar's photo playing different shots on both the sides, as a collector's item. Deshpande also said that Tendulkar's records will be highlighted on the rooftop of the stadium. (With inputs from agencies)