With just few hours left for the IPL match between Gujarat Lions (GL) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the first time at Green Park, the costly tickets, ranging between Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 are yet to be sold out. As these tickets were available in abundance till late Wednesday evening, it seems difficult that the stadium would go ‘housefull’.
People interested in watching the IPL live in action from Green Park can still buy tickets of pavillion ground, pavillion balcony and VIP pavillion or pavillion directorate. While the tickets can be booked from home, they are also available at 18 exclusive counters set up in the city. The slow pace of sale of costly tickets would have come as a disappointment for the organisers. On the other hand, low-cost tickets, ranging between Rs 500 and Rs 1,500, have already been sold out, and now are being black-marketed for Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500 respectively.
Some ticket outlet owners said youngsters have not turned up in large numbers to buy tickets. They said that craze for IPL matches has gone down with each passing year.
Among the youngsters, the word is that the zeal is lacking as it is not a team of Indian cricketers but a mix bunch of cricket players from different countries. Further, the prevailing heat wave is also a reason why the footfall at the ticket counters is not much. For the past three days, the temperature remained above 44 degree Celsius.
“IPL match tickets, ranging between Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000, are readily available at all 18 outlets in the city,” said Sahil Tuli, owner of a ticket counter at Chawla Market crossing in the city. Tickets of Rs 500, Rs 750, Rs 1000 and Rs 1,500 were sold out in the few days of ticket sale, he added.
Sushil Wadhwani, owner of another outlet in Govind Nagar where IPL match tickets are available, told TOI that most of the people enquired about and bought C-Balcony tickets. “Around 50% of the costly tickets starting from Rs 3,000 (pavillion ground) are yet to be sold out,” he informed.
Dharmendra Gupta, owner of DKG Mobile shop where the tickets are available told TOI that the tickets of lower denominations have been sold out completely and only the costly tickets ranging between Rs 2,500 and Rs 5, 000 are available.
Without coming on record, some of the ticket counter owners informed that the tickets are being sold at a margin of Rs 500 over and above the original cost of the ticket. There is no craze for the tickets of high cost, they added.