If you consider yourself to be a huge cricket fan, then you’ll be jumping for joy after Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced the return of fans to stadiums, but only if you’re vaccinated.
Each venue will be able to host a maximum of 2 000 fans across various cricket venues in the country, and as of Monday, October 18 from 9am, CSA in association with the venue managers will open public ticket sales at R50 a ticket.
This means that lovers of the sport can enjoy the remainder of the matches of the TKO competition that’s currently taking place. The ticket sales will be rolled out as follows and can be purchased by visiting www.ticketpros.co.za:
- Quarter Final 1/2 (19 Oct 21)
- Quarter Final 3/4 (20 Oct 21)
- Semi Final 1/2 (21 Oct 21)
- Final (22 Oct 21)
According to a statement, “Capacity will be split over suites, stands, and the grass embankments ticket sales to fans will be conducted online only, in line with the health and safety regulations to reduce interaction with spectators. The online function will allow the fans to download and self-print the tickets in a PDF format.”
All tickets will be unreserved to allow spectators to social distance and patrons will need to scan their own tickets once they arrive at the turnstiles. Normal protocols will be followed.
The stadia will create an “Outer Ring”, prior to the turnstiles, where security will validate that every patron gaining access to the precinct is fully vaccinated. This is how the verification process will work:
Patrons will be required to either produce their original vaccination card, or present a printed copy of the SA Government issued Vaccinated Certificate. Alternatively, the patron may also present a digital version of the Vaccinated Certificate.
The Identity Document, Drivers Licence or Passport will have to match the details on the Vaccination Certificate.
Even though vendors will be operational, alcohol may not be sold or consumed in the vicinity of the stadiums under the current COVID-19 regulations.
“We are delighted that the fans, our most important stakeholders are coming back to the stadiums. Cricket is yet again in a good space and there is a lot of hard work taking place to ensure that the game of cricket is placed on the top spot.
“We want fans to come and experience the new look stadium experience and we remind fans that tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Due to limited capacity still and to minimise any disappointments we encourage cricket fans and sports followers to quickly get their tickets as soon as sales open.
“We also take this opportunity to remind and encourage all sports lovers to ensure that they are fully vaccinated in order to improve the health situation in the country and to hopefully reduce the Covid numbers, as this will eventually see a growth in the number of fans in the stands,” said Pholetsi Moseki, CSA’s Acting Chief Executive Officer.