JIS News

Plans are being made by the Jamaica Local Organizing Committee (LOC), to establish more points of sale across the island for cricket fans to purchase tickets for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) West Indies 2007.
Currently, tickets are only available at the official ticket office located at Shops 51 and 52 at the Kingston Mall, downtown Kingston, in addition to the official ticketing website.
According to Robert Bryan, Executive Director of the Jamaica LOC, the move would coincide with the third and final phase of the ticketing programme, which commences Monday, January 9, 2007 and continues up to the morning of the Final on Saturday, April 28.
This last phase will operate on the ‘first come, first served’ principle, with actual seats being sold from the official ticketing website, official ticket centres and venue box offices at host venues.
Prior to this phase, between Friday, December 1, 2006 and Monday, January 9, ticket sales will be closed while specific seat locations are assigned to all ticket purchasers and tickets are printed and prepared for distribution.
Commenting on ticket sales, the Executive Director said that much work was still required to sell the quota of tickets for the Jamaica matches.
“It is fair to say that the sales to date have been less than spectacular. There are some matches where we are confident that those elements are going well, but there are some matches in the package that we really believe we have to pay particular attention,” Mr. Bryan said.
“We continue to believe that our last minute culture accounts for some of this inertia, so hopefully as we get out of Christmas [season] and the new phase of ticketing comes, where tickets will be available on a walk up and buy basis, that people will begin to get more into the act,” he added.
It is also expected that interest in purchasing tickets will spike as the second phase of the ticketing programme winds down tomorrow, November 30.
More than 800,000 tickets were made available for the ICC Cricket World Cup and reportedly, a little more than a half of this number has been sold.