Ticket sales for seating on the temporary stands (that accommodate 2000 spectators per day) went on sale at PPC Newlands on Monday, and at lunch time, only 160 tickets for the first day, 375 for the second and 400 for the third day were still available.
“Thank you to our passionate supporters for their love of the game and the way they have responded to our message that 10 000 tickets for the five days are available through the construction of temporary stands,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association.
“The record attendance of a test at PPC Newlands might be wiped out by the extraordinary response time of the fans,” he added.
Tickets went on sale at the PPC Newlands cricket offices at 09:00 and the response was immediate and overwhelming, said.
“We just want to thank our fans for their superb reaction. We are overwhelmed by their support,” Dien said.
South Africa has won 11 out of their past 15 tests at PPC Newlands, which has been a stronghold of South African domination.
Dale Steyn, the South African fast bowling ace and the number-1 ranked test bowler in the world, has been under a fitness cloud due to injury the past few weeks, but the Phalaborwa Express has taken 65 test wickets at Newlands and will relish the opportunity to play at the iconic venue.
Altaaf Kazi, chief communications officer of Cricket South Africa, said the announcement of the test squad for the test series against England starting on 26th December is imminent and could happen before the end of the week.