Why tickets for the new year’s Test at Newlands sold out so quickly

File image: Newlands.File image: Newlands.

Tickets for next year’s Test between South Africa and England at Newlands in Cape Town went on sale to the general public on Monday, 7 October 2019.

Tickets for days one, two and three – on 3, 4 and 5 January 2020, respectively – sold out before midday. At the time of writing, tickets were still available for days four and five.

Tickets were availed to members of the Official Proteas Supporters’ Club, but not the general public, in late August.

The grass banks at the northern section of the iconic Cape Town venue won’t accommodate spectators throughout the match. This limitation, enforced by ongoing construction work at Newlands, has reduced the ground’s capacity from 18,000 to 16,000.

What WPCA said

“That entire area is out of bounds on any match day and it was a concern, but we have been busy with it since June and we have provided a document to Cricket South Africa, which they have expressed complete confidence in,” said Western Province Cricket Association chief executive officer Nabeal Dien last week.

Dien’s remarks came after the WPCA and CSA confirmed the fixture will be hosted by Newlands. It was in marginal doubt due to the construction work.

What CSA said

“As with all hosting agreements for international matches both here and around the world, there are certain guarantees that need to be put in place to confirm the hosting rights,” added CSA CEO Thabang Moroe.

“We are currently gearing up to host the new year’s Test match at Newlands as planned. The readiness of the stadium is on track and, barring a significant change in circumstances, it is unlikely that the venue for this Test will change from our schedule.

“What is equally important is that cricket at all levels, from franchise down to clubs and schools, should not be compromised in any way.”

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9 Comments on "Why tickets for the new year’s Test at Newlands sold out so quickly"

  1. None of this fully explains why the tickets for the test between SA and England sold out so fast. I don’t remember this ever happening before. You could always still get seats right up to the afternoon of the day of your choice. And it’s not as if the Proteas have been playing particularly well on the world stage.

    • I agree Sigi. Was so looking forward to taking my daughter and friend to Newlands for the test.

    • So, what do you guys think about possibility of buying at the gate? I’m flying in from UK – sort of presumed that Test tickets would be freely available (loads of empty seats at Centurion…)

  2. Neville Searle | December 5, 2019 at 5:20 pm | Reply

    I have been trying with no success for over a month to get any two (Newlands 3-7 Jan) tickets for me and my friend who is flying in specially from Canada. We’d even pay for seats in a hospitality suite. I am very wary of viagogo. Tel 0847138062

  3. Spot on Neville. damn disgraceful. SA hang your head

  4. Incorrect!!!! Viagogo had plenty of tickets. Problem is they are ‘touting’ them at R3,000 minimum. This is a disgrace that companies like this can obtain tickets in the first place and then exploit fans in this manner. Similar problems for rugby 7’s tickets last year and this. Sad that regular supporters will not/have not be/been able to attend these events. CSA and WPC just seem unable to manage fair distribution, its shameful

  5. It’s all ways the loyal local supporters that get the short end of the stick.Shame you SA

  6. Totally agree. Last year I bought tickets for the New years match at an exhorbitant price on Viagogo only to find I could have paid a fraction of the price at the gate.

  7. Cricket South Africa and WPCA made tickets available to the travelling english fans at increased price before making then available to the general SA public. This was to ensure the maximum profit for the test. Again, making money was put ahead of the fans

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