More tickets to the Cricket World Cup have been released on International Women’s Day, with Sunday’s game between the White Ferns and Australia at the Basin Reserve now expecting a crowd of up to 1500.
Capacity at matches has been increased from 10 per cent to 20 per cent, under Covid-19 social distancing regulations. The Basin Reserve’s usual cricket capacity is in the 6000-6500 vicinity.
The new allocation does not yet apply to two games at Eden Park on March 19 and 20, as well as the semi-finals and final.
It follows an exemption granted by Ministry of Health last week regarding gathering limits to enable larger crowds at the tournament.
Cricket World Cup chief executive Andrea Nelson said she was “thrilled” more people would be able to experience the excitement of the tournament in person.
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“The tournament has got off to an amazing start, with runs aplenty and thrilling matches going right down to the wire,” she said.
“So we’re thrilled that more fans can join us at the grounds and catch the action up close.”
Nelson said she expected the tickets for the White Ferns and Australia this Sunday at the Basin Reserve to be “snapped up very quickly”.
“What we’ve seen at the matches so far is that there’s plenty of additional space for fans to spread out and safely social distance,” Nelson said.
“And the measures we’ve put in place mean there’ve been no issues with queuing and accessing stadium services.”
Tickets for games at Eden Park – comfortably the country’s largest stadium – are due to be released by organizers in the coming days, and a wait list is being established for the semifinals at the Basin Reserve and Hagley Oval, and the final in Christchurch on April 3.
“We’re really optimistic that conditions will continue to improve, allowing us to cater for more fans at the knockout games,” Nelson said.
“However, for now, our approach will be to register peoples’ interest, so we can contact them directly once tickets for those matches do become available.”
Australia are odds-on favorites to win the tournament, while the White Ferns had their first win against Bangladesh in wintery conditions on Monday, and face India on Thursday.
Tickets are available via the Cricket World Cup events page.