WPCA are the hosts of test matches at Newlands Cricket Ground that form part of Cricket South Africa’s international programme. Ticket sales are apportioned to supporters on a 50/50 basis.
Traditionally there is a significant demand for tickets for the New Year’s Test at Newlands, more so when England is touring, as Cape Town is a sought after tourist destination.
In South Africa it is the Official Proteas Supporters Club that is given the first option on domestic ticket sales. It would appear that South African tickets have been resold to supporters from England at a premium. This is a practice that WPCA does not condone as it limits the opportunity for South Africans to show support for the Proteas team, however this practice is currently beyond the WPCA’s control.
The property development at the Newlands Cricket Ground has seen the short-term reduction of seating. This shortfall has also put pressure on availability of tickets for the test match.
Given the unpredictable nature of 5-day test matches, the decision to release tickets for the 5th day was announced during the course of the 4th day. South African supporters were encouraged to purchase tickets for the final day of the match at very affordable prices; furthermore free entry passes were offered after teatime on the final day of the test.
The historic Newlands Cricket Ground is an important national sporting asset and the WPCA will continue to strive to ensure that South Africans supporters make Newlands their cricketing home.
WPCA will engage Cricket South Africa in the monitoring and management of tickets sales at Newlands with a view to develop a ticketing model that ensures South Africans from all walks of life can access Newlands.
Adv. Kock, President of WPCA, reiterates “Western Province’s commitment to the development and transformation of cricket is not only on the field, but also in the growth of a diverse South African supporter base attending cricket matches.”