The opening of ticket reservations in Sri Lanka for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 were announced at a media briefing held at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota, Southern Sri Lanka.
The first official ticket was presented early April, 2010, to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at a ceremony held in Colombo where the official mascot – Stumpy – for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 was also unveiled.
The day’s proceeding began with C B Ratnayake, Minister of Sport and Namal Rajapaksa, MP for Hambantota, planting tree saplings symbolizing the heralding in of an era of hope, anticipation and excitement as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 draws closer.
Tickets for the 12 games in Sri Lanka, which will take place between 20 February – 29 March, 2011, will go on sale on Thursday 21 October 2010 and cricket fans that make reservations, will be able to collect their physical tickets during the first week of February 2011.
Reservations can be made in Kandy at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and in Hambantota, at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium. In Colombo, fans can ensure their places via the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Secretariat at the Sri Lanka Cricket Headquarters (35, Maitland Crescent). Tickets can also be purchased online via, www.iccevents.yahoo.com.
Ticket prices range from Rs. 30.00 to Rs. 2500.00 with corporate enclosures available for Rs. 5,000.00. / Rs. 10,000.00 and an individual can purchase a maximum of four tickets. A number of tickets will be made available to school children so that they can share in the excitement around the ICC’s flagship event. Veterans of the recently concluded civil conflict will also receive tickets.
Sri Lanka will boast of three brand new state of the art world class cricketing venues. The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy, with a capacity of 25,000, while the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota and the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo, will have the ability to host to 27,000 and 30,000 cricket fans respectively.
The ‘Clean & Green’ initiative will be an introduced for the event and aims to educate and involve cricket lovers as they hope to ensure minimum pollution, waste and maximum recycling across all three venues and host cities.
Sri Lanka Cricket is to embark on a series of Island wide activations to maximise the fan experience. There will be a ‘Cheerathon,’ campaign to an nationwide Trophy Tour, complemented by live musical extravaganzas and the ‘World Cup Glory Express’ – an around-the-island activity, involving celebrities, cricketers and member of the general public.