CWC tickets purchased in Phases One and Two arrive this week
• Karan Singh

Kaieteur News
February 18, 2007

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The wait will soon be over for hundreds of local cricket fans who purchased ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) tickets during Phases One and Two of the Public Ticketing programme. The tickets are expected in Guyana this week.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ICC CWC Local Organising Committee, Karan Singh told Kaieteur News yesterday that the tickets, which feature a special memorabilia fans may want to keep, should be arriving by mid-week.

While customers in Antigua and Barbuda , Australia , Bangladesh , China , Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago await the arrival of their tickets that were expected to be couriered from the United States , some fans in Jamaica already have theirs.

Jamaica 's close proximity to the US makes it a destination that couriers can reach very quickly.

Singh explained that the tickets that are currently being sold during Phase Three are different, even though the tickets are handed over directly upon purchase.

“I understand that many people are anxious about these tickets, but that will soon be over,” Singh stated.

Phase One of ticketing sales ended in July last year, which saw applications for Individual Match Tickets, Venue Combinations as well as Follow A Path Packages.

Phase Two ended in November 2006. During this period, customers were issued a receipt at the time of purchase.

Singh explained that the difference between the Phase One and Two tickets are found on the tickets themselves.

He noted that the tickets have more information about the tournament and holders' of these tickets will get to keep a significant portion of them.

There are a number of security features on each ticket and depending on what type of match ticket it is, it has a particular CWC sub-graphic which reflects an aspect of Caribbean life.

Tickets for warm-up and group stage matches are blue and sport the marine life sub-graphic while Super 8 tickets feature a green design which depicts the tropical fauna of the region.

A bright yellow sub-graphic entitled “rhythm and dance” has been used for semi-final tickets and the “metallic silver” version of the same sub-graphic has been chosen for the coveted tickets to the final.

ICC 2007 Project Officer–Ticketing, Delroy Taylor has stated that the tickets are the quality of those used at other international sporting event such as the Olympics.

Phase Three of public ticketing commenced on February 1. During this final stage of ticket sales, patrons will be able to purchase tickets from the office of the Local Organising Committee on Middle Street , while two other ticketing booths will be established at a later date at the Providence Stadium.

Actual seat locations will be sold from both, Official ICC CWC 2007 Inc. Ticket Centres and Venue Box Offices located across all nine Host Venue Countries.

Guyana is hosting Super Eight matches from March 28 to April 9 and today marks 39 days before the event bowls off.

During this stage, patrons are able to select a seat number based on the remaining available seats and will also be aided with a chart of the seating arrangements at the Providence Stadium.

A person would be eligible to buy at least eight tickets for one match. Those who would have bought four tickets for one match in Phase One could buy four additional tickets for the same match.