JIS News

Organisers of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, are seeking to make it an offence, for the scalping or sale of an event ticket for more than its face value.
Speaking at a recent press briefing at the offices of Jamaica Cricket 2007 on Oxford Road, Corporate Communication Director for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, Marva Roach, said that the likely penalty for such an offence would be that the ticket is null and void, thus prohibiting the person from entering a venue.
The penalty, which is being determined by Attorneys-General across the Caribbean, will form part of the ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Bill, otherwise referred to as Sunset legislation, which will be in effect for the duration of the event. “This legislation will allow us across the region to identify the fact that scalping is the misuse of a ticket and therefore subject to a penalty,”Ms. Roach noted.
It is for this reason, the Corporate Communication Director said, that persons were being urged to purchase tickets from official authorized agents and locations. These include official ICC Cricket World Cup Ticket centres around the region.
In Jamaica, the ticket centre is located at Shops 51 and 52 Kingston Mall at the corner of Orange Street and Ocean Boulevard. Persons can also apply for tickets online at www.cricketworldcup.com. “This is the only way that you will know that your ticket is genuine and you will be able to get through the gates,” she pointed out, noting that the tickets would have special security features.
Meanwhile, Ms. Roach reminded persons that the maximum number of single tickets that could be ordered was four tickets per match per application. There is a maximum of two applications per residential address.
“We want as many people as possible to be able to apply for tickets, which is why there are limits on how many you can get and why we allow more than one application per household,” she explained.
For warm up matches, persons can apply for up to eight tickets for each of the matches.
The first phase of the ticketing programme commenced on May 1, where some 3,500 persons from 50 countries reportedly submitted applications for tickets online.