Ashes grandstand tickets mix-up

By ERWIN CHLANDA

 

Ardent followers of cricket fronted up at Centralian Sports in the CBD first thing Monday this week, hoping to buy grandstand tickets to the Chairman’s XI Ashes tour match against England to be played at Traeger Park on November 29 and 30.

 

But when the doors opened the fans were told all the tickets had gone the Monday before, October 28.

 

This was despite the advertised start of the sale on November 4.

 

Greg Reval, the owner of the store, says when Cricket Australia (CA) provided the 56 tickets, he asked if he could sell them right away. They said yes and he did.

 

In fact Cricket NT CEO John Stock says the “miscommunication” was between the Territory body and Centralian Sports.

 

The tickets went like hotcakes, people buying in lots of 10s and 12s before they were even meant to be on sale.

 

Yesterday Centralian Sports got another 12 tickets, all gone, of course.

 

Mr Stock says 100 of the 220 grandstand tickets had to be reserved for Cricket Australia and the English Cricket Board, for families and friends.

 

However, it is likely that much fewer will be needed, and most of these seats will be on sale on Thursday, November 28, at the grounds.

 

And of course, there are many “general admission” tickets still available.

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