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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 15:32 on 9th Apr 2012

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Rampage Wrote:
I'm seriously considering doing the Kolkata test match at least this winter. This will only be my second tour, having been to the MCG and SCG alas in 2006/7 a trip to Eden Gardens is a must for me. Out of interest how much approximately are test match tickets in India? Whether I do two test matches depends on the itinerary.


Usually they vary dramatically from very expensive (in some cases not far off English prices) to very cheap (often £1 or less per day) for a single game, with most sections priced towards the cheaper end of the scale.

I usually go for cheapish mid-range ones, since the ultra-cheap areas can be a bit OTT, with you as the centre of attention, and generally have very poor facilities. The expensive tickets, as well as being terrible value for money, are likely to land you in an area containing rich non-cricket fans, who have been given complimentary tickets, and their obnoxious children.

Ticketing policy does vary tremendously, and is normally left to local cricket associations, who often seem to "organise" ticketing as an afterthought. It's not unknown for the only tickets available to be 5-day passes, one of the reasons why Test crowds in India nose-dived for a while.

It's to be hoped that India doesn't go down the same route as Sri Lanka regarding ticketing policy for travelling England fans. For a number of reasons I doubt it will happen, but obviously that can't be guaranteed.
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Rampage
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 20:21 on 9th Apr 2012

Joined: 13:10 on 9th Apr 2012
Posts: 35
Big Harvey Wrote:
Rampage Wrote:
I'm seriously considering doing the Kolkata test match at least this winter. This will only be my second tour, having been to the MCG and SCG alas in 2006/7 a trip to Eden Gardens is a must for me. Out of interest how much approximately are test match tickets in India? Whether I do two test matches depends on the itinerary.


Usually they vary dramatically from very expensive (in some cases not far off English prices) to very cheap (often ¿½1 or less per day) for a single game, with most sections priced towards the cheaper end of the scale.

I usually go for cheapish mid-range ones, since the ultra-cheap areas can be a bit OTT, with you as the centre of attention, and generally have very poor facilities. The expensive tickets, as well as being terrible value for money, are likely to land you in an area containing rich non-cricket fans, who have been given complimentary tickets, and their obnoxious children.

Ticketing policy does vary tremendously, and is normally left to local cricket associations, who often seem to "organise" ticketing as an afterthought. It's not unknown for the only tickets available to be 5-day passes, one of the reasons why Test crowds in India nose-dived for a while.

It's to be hoped that India doesn't go down the same route as Sri Lanka regarding ticketing policy for travelling England fans. For a number of reasons I doubt it will happen, but obviously that can't be guaranteed.


Well, hopefully a mid price ticket will be still much cheaper than watching a test match at home. Hopefully I'll be able to drag one or two of my mates along with me on this occasion. I've travelled to a few places alone (Oz, USA) but Kolkata looks a different kettle of fish entirely. We'll see.
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benoculars
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 14:02 on 27th May 2012

Joined: 13:55 on 27th May 2012
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Hi there everyone

First post on here but it seems a goldmine of info so really pleased to find it and thanks to everyone for the useful info. Planning on heading out to India and with other arrangements we're trying to fit in the Nagpur test (not the most atmospheric of venues i understand, but it works well with our other plans). Amidst trying to book tickets to wildlife parks, hotels, flights etc etc we're wondering if there is any mechanism or method to book tickets in advance - appreciate most of the posts say buy from banks/ground the day before or on the day - but just wondered if anyone knew of anything different or if the BA bought in advance for others??

Thanks to everyone and cant wait to join you out there!
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 16:51 on 27th May 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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benoculars Wrote:
Hi there everyone

First post on here but it seems a goldmine of info so really pleased to find it and thanks to everyone for the useful info. Planning on heading out to India and with other arrangements we're trying to fit in the Nagpur test (not the most atmospheric of venues i understand, but it works well with our other plans). Amidst trying to book tickets to wildlife parks, hotels, flights etc etc we're wondering if there is any mechanism or method to book tickets in advance - appreciate most of the posts say buy from banks/ground the day before or on the day - but just wondered if anyone knew of anything different or if the BA bought in advance for others??

Thanks to everyone and cant wait to join you out there!


Welcome to the forum!

Sometimes the BA does get an allocation of tickets for more than just those who have bought a BA tour. Members get priority, with any unsold being offered to non-members. You should be aware that these tickets sometimes work out more expensive than those bought locally. It's a fact of life that nearly all cricket boards charge tour groups more, unfortunately. I expect BA tickets (if there are any) will be available through the website nearer the time.

As far as advance ticket ordering for non-BA tickets goes, local boards have increasingly been making use of on-line ticket agencies, so it's just possible that you'll be able to do it. This would be a boon for anyone planning on doing the ODIs and T20s which generally sell out. However for games that don't sell out, you should be aware that picking up pre-ordered tickets often involves considerably more hassle and messing about than buying when you get there, as anyone who attended the last World Cup will vouch!

For example, one person attending the England v Netherlands game in Nagpur made the (very long) journey to the ground the day before the game to pick up his pre-ordered tickets. He eventually found an embarrassed ICC official who told him that not only were there no tickets available to be picked up, but nobody at the ground knew where they could be obtained! "Somewhere in town" was all they knew. Thankfully the official had a couple of complimentary tickets on him, which he was happy to give away. Others reported similarly wasted journeys without the happy ending.

Having heard such stories, to save ourselves a possible wasted journey on the day of the match, a bunch of us bought cheapo tickets from a bank near where we were staying as insurance against our tickets not being there when we arrived. As it happened, on a patch of wasteland next to the ground, a hilariously rustic-looking "ticket office" the size and shape of a privy closet had been hammered together overnight out of old pallets and other scrap timber. I was able to get my pre-ordered ticket from there, and as luck would have it, I managed to off-load it to another England fan who hadn't bothered pre-ordering.

Hopefully this will give you a flavour of ticketing arrangements Indian-style, and explain why there is no easy or fail-safe answer as to the best way of getting tickets.
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benoculars
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 20:54 on 28th May 2012

Joined: 13:55 on 27th May 2012
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Big Harvey Wrote:
benoculars Wrote:
Hi there everyone

First post on here but it seems a goldmine of info so really pleased to find it and thanks to everyone for the useful info. Planning on heading out to India and with other arrangements we're trying to fit in the Nagpur test (not the most atmospheric of venues i understand, but it works well with our other plans). Amidst trying to book tickets to wildlife parks, hotels, flights etc etc we're wondering if there is any mechanism or method to book tickets in advance - appreciate most of the posts say buy from banks/ground the day before or on the day - but just wondered if anyone knew of anything different or if the BA bought in advance for others??

Thanks to everyone and cant wait to join you out there!


Welcome to the forum!

Sometimes the BA does get an allocation of tickets for more than just those who have bought a BA tour. Members get priority, with any unsold being offered to non-members. You should be aware that these tickets sometimes work out more expensive than those bought locally. It's a fact of life that nearly all cricket boards charge tour groups more, unfortunately. I expect BA tickets (if there are any) will be available through the website nearer the time.

As far as advance ticket ordering for non-BA tickets goes, local boards have increasingly been making use of on-line ticket agencies, so it's just possible that you'll be able to do it. This would be a boon for anyone planning on doing the ODIs and T20s which generally sell out. However for games that don't sell out, you should be aware that picking up pre-ordered tickets often involves considerably more hassle and messing about than buying when you get there, as anyone who attended the last World Cup will vouch!

For example, one person attending the England v Netherlands game in Nagpur made the (very long) journey to the ground the day before the game to pick up his pre-ordered tickets. He eventually found an embarrassed ICC official who told him that not only were there no tickets available to be picked up, but nobody at the ground knew where they could be obtained! "Somewhere in town" was all they knew. Thankfully the official had a couple of complimentary tickets on him, which he was happy to give away. Others reported similarly wasted journeys without the happy ending.

Having heard such stories, to save ourselves a possible wasted journey on the day of the match, a bunch of us bought cheapo tickets from a bank near where we were staying as insurance against our tickets not being there when we arrived. As it happened, on a patch of wasteland next to the ground, a hilariously rustic-looking "ticket office" the size and shape of a privy closet had been hammered together overnight out of old pallets and other scrap timber. I was able to get my pre-ordered ticket from there, and as luck would have it, I managed to off-load it to another England fan who hadn't bothered pre-ordering.

Hopefully this will give you a flavour of ticketing arrangements Indian-style, and explain why there is no easy or fail-safe answer as to the best way of getting tickets.


That's brilliant and really useful - after posting on here i thought i'd try my arm at contacting the VCA Nagpur directly and actually got a response, albeit brief. I asked if they would be going online and got this back
'Dear Sir,

We are yet to finalize regarding the online ticketing. Shall intimate you once it is finalized.

Thanks,"

Not of much use but seems they might put them online at some point.

Thanks for the great advice and let's hope it's a series-winning celebratory Test by then.
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Eggmanfoo
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 14:09 on 29th May 2012

Joined: 13:35 on 20th May 2008
Posts: 231
There is no way that any of the tests will sell out....most indians work during the day, and may get to one or two days....do not stress about test matches....
The one dayers are a different story...Apparently on the last ODI tour the matches didnt sell out, but I wouldnt rely on this. It becomes very difficult as the tickets go on sale when you are at a previous match, so there is literally no chance of securing a tciket. If this is the cae, I would suggest getting a ticket of a tout outside the ground....there are crazy numbers of corporate tickets that find their way into locals' hands, who then sell them. In 2006 I got a 5000 rp ticket just before the game for 1500.....
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 12:54 on 30th May 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2049
Location: Preston UK
Big Harvey Wrote:
benoculars Wrote:
Hi there everyone

First post on here but it seems a goldmine of info so really pleased to find it and thanks to everyone for the useful info. Planning on heading out to India and with other arrangements we're trying to fit in the Nagpur test (not the most atmospheric of venues i understand, but it works well with our other plans). Amidst trying to book tickets to wildlife parks, hotels, flights etc etc we're wondering if there is any mechanism or method to book tickets in advance - appreciate most of the posts say buy from banks/ground the day before or on the day - but just wondered if anyone knew of anything different or if the BA bought in advance for others??

Thanks to everyone and cant wait to join you out there!


Welcome to the forum!

Sometimes the BA does get an allocation of tickets for more than just those who have bought a BA tour. Members get priority, with any unsold being offered to non-members. You should be aware that these tickets sometimes work out more expensive than those bought locally. It's a fact of life that nearly all cricket boards charge tour groups more, unfortunately. I expect BA tickets (if there are any) will be available through the website nearer the time.

As far as advance ticket ordering for non-BA tickets goes, local boards have increasingly been making use of on-line ticket agencies, so it's just possible that you'll be able to do it. This would be a boon for anyone planning on doing the ODIs and T20s which generally sell out. However for games that don't sell out, you should be aware that picking up pre-ordered tickets often involves considerably more hassle and messing about than buying when you get there, as anyone who attended the last World Cup will vouch!

For example, one person attending the England v Netherlands game in Nagpur made the (very long) journey to the ground the day before the game to pick up his pre-ordered tickets. He eventually found an embarrassed ICC official who told him that not only were there no tickets available to be picked up, but nobody at the ground knew where they could be obtained! "Somewhere in town" was all they knew. Thankfully the official had a couple of complimentary tickets on him, which he was happy to give away. Others reported similarly wasted journeys without the happy ending.

Having heard such stories, to save ourselves a possible wasted journey on the day of the match, a bunch of us bought cheapo tickets from a bank near where we were staying as insurance against our tickets not being there when we arrived. As it happened, on a patch of wasteland next to the ground, a hilariously rustic-looking "ticket office" the size and shape of a privy closet had been hammered together overnight out of old pallets and other scrap timber. I was able to get my pre-ordered ticket from there, and as luck would have it, I managed to off-load it to another England fan who hadn't bothered pre-ordering.

Hopefully this will give you a flavour of ticketing arrangements Indian-style, and explain why there is no easy or fail-safe answer as to the best way of getting tickets.


Virtually reflects my own experience to a tee. We were given four tickets of approx value £20 by the shop owner where we had purchased 2 sims for £2 - not a bad deal. The ticket office was a joy to behold !! At least it did its job Harv, as opposed to Bangalore which was an absolute calamity. Happy days.
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DJG193
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 17:05 on 14th Jun 2012

Joined: 17:00 on 14th Jun 2012
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Hi Ladies and Gents

This will be my first test abroad with England. We are off to Kolkata.

Will their be an area in the ground where the England fans will congregate?, or do we just play it by ear on the day?

Cheers
Dan
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mick s
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 17:20 on 28th Jul 2012

Joined: 12:46 on 3rd Dec 2011
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Tickets prices for the mumbai test have been announced on the Mumbai Cricket Assoc website















Tickets Rates of Test Match between India and England from 23rd to 27th November 2012
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The 2nd Test Match of England Tour of India 2012-13 will be played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai from Friday, 23rd November to Tuesday, 27th November 2012.

The Ticket Rates for Public are as follows :

Stands Season Ticket Rate
Daily
Ticket Rate
Vithal Divecha Pavilion (Guest Stand) Rs. 600/- Rs. 150/-
Sunil Gavaskar Stand (East Stand - Upper) Rs. 500/- Rs. 100/-
Sunil Gavaskar Stand (East Stand - Lower) Rs. 150/- Rs. 50/-
North Stand & Sachin Tendulkar Stand Rs. 500/- Rs. 100/-
Vijay Merchant Stand (West Stand) Rs. 500/- Rs. 100/-
Air Conditioned Boxes
For 15 Seater Box Rs. 3,00,000/- ---
For 20 Seater Box Rs. 4,00,000/- ---
15 Seater Box for both the Matches
(including T20 Match on 22nd Dec '12) Rs. 5,00,000/- ---




Note: Dates for public sale of tickets will be announced later.

For more information Please contact:
Dr. P.V. Shetty | Nitin N. Dalal
Jt. Hon. Secretaries
Contact No.: (+91)-22-22795500
Email: mcacrik@vsnl.com
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Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 10:19 on 29th Jul 2012

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Which stand gets the most sun?
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