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DavePeacock
Post subject: Barmy Army Advice on Where to Sit and How to Get Match Ticke
PostPosted: 13:14 on 19th Jun 2013

Joined: 14:15 on 7th Apr 2010
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Firstly apologies for starting another thread from my previous posting (which was Update on Tickets) but given the importance of the issue and the fact that this has been the subject of hundreds of e-mail messages and phone calls it is important that we can provide all of our members and followers with the most accurate information possible which is as easy as possible to access on this forum.

In a nutshell we are hugely disappointed that we have been unsuccessful in securing any significant concessions from Cricket Australia to secure a ticket only offer for the thousands of travelling England supporters who travel independently, are backpacking or who are ex pats. We have been in on-going discussions with Cricket Australia since the end of the Sydney test in January 2011, countless e-mails and conference calls have taken place and our requests have gone to the very top at Cricket Australia. All I can do is apologise for failing to achieve my aim but I can assure you that we did our utmost to secure these tickets for f you based on the on key issue highlighted below:

‘We are very aware that test match crowds are declining across the world and as the largest and highest profile supporter’s group in world cricket who unequivocally support test cricket we must ask you to look after the thousands of English supporters who will be travelling to Australia independently and whose one simple request is to be allocated seating with fellow England supporters. The vast majority of these are sophisticated travellers who do not want or need organised travel packages

In a nutshell we were told that the number 1 priority for Cricket Australia was to look after their own fans. I said that their decision will be very badly received and it will generate negative publicity from the thousands of supporters who are going to Australia this winter. They do not seem at all concerned by this and suggested that the Australian Public will actually see this as a good thing that we can‘t easily access their tickets. This approach is totally at odds with the great support we have received from everyone at Tourism Australia and the local Tourist Boards who are doing everything possible to try and maximise the number of travelling fans.

Anyway it is what it is and we have to work our way around this.

The good news is CA have now publicised seating maps of each stadium which show where the Barmy Army tour group and the likes of Bill the Trumpet will be based at every ground. http://www.e-brochures.com.au/cricketau ... re-you-go/ This allows everyone the opportunity to be able to try and purchase tickets in the adjoining bays to where we are sat. Unfortunately this also provides the Australian fans with a level playing field to be able to buy tickets as close as they can to us and to enjoy the traditional Barmy Army entertainment.

Where will the Barmy Army be sat at each ground?

Brisbane Sections 30/31
Adelaide General Admission (so there is no allocated seating and we typically congregate under the Scoreboard standing in the blistering heat)
Perth Section 13
Melbourne M16
Sydney Section 11
(these are almost exactly the same locations as 2010/11):


What will the tickets cost?

All pricing information can be found at the following addresss http://www.e-brochures.com.au/cricketau ... re-you-go/ If you click on the ticketing tab on the menu beneath the venue name you will see that there are 3 different categories of pricing, for the ACF, From General Release and Pay at the Gate. For the areas we have been allocated the prices will be under each category as follows:

Brisbane $45, $50 and $55
Adelaide $35, $40 and $45
Perth $45, $50 and $55
Melbourne $50, $55 and $60
Sydney $55, $60 and $65

Can we get tickets in the Barmy Army Bay?

I am afraid that the only way you will be able to guarantee tickets sitting in the dedicated Barmy Army area will be to buy an official Barmy Army travel package through our travel partner Thompson Sport http://thomsonsport.com/event/barmy-arm ... eries-2013. Packages have sold well and are still available.

The only other slight chance of getting hold of tickets in these bays will be if any tickets that have been allocated to the Barmy Army tour group remain unsold. If this is the case the remaining few seats are likely to be on sale through general release via the official ticket agents under the ticket category Barmy Army at a much later date. I have been assured that if this is the case then I will be given plenty of notice to alert all of our followers to this process. I am afraid that even if some tickets are made available they will in no way meet the demand we have from fans wanting to sit with us so my best advice is not to rely on this possibility occurring and to make every effort to secure your tickets as soon as possible as highlighted below.

How can we get tickets in the nearest bays to the Barmy Army?

The best solution is to pull in any favours you can with friends, family or contacts and get them to register with the Australian Cricket Family which is the official membership for Australian Cricket fans ( in every other year you can spot these loyal supporters as they dress up as empty seats) but unfortunately not so when the Mighty England come and visit! Anyway it is essential that your contacts or friends register with the ACF by 5pm EST on the 25th June. This will then give you priority booking access for tickets to every game from the 2nd July until the 5th July and it will be your best chance of getting tickets in the adjoining sections to where we will be congregated. To join the ACF go to this website: http://www.cricket.com.au/fans/australi ... ket-family
You will not be able to register from the UK.

When will tickets go on General Sale?

We have been advised by Cricket Australia that tickets will go on General Sale on 17 July at 9am local time, except in Melbourne where it is 12 noon local time.

What tickets should I buy?

We are expecting each ground to be pretty much close to capacity for the first 2 days and if Australia are competitive possibly day 3 at each ground with the exception of the MCG which is unlikely to be much more than half full at best on day 3. Saying this and to avoid the burden of having to queue on days 3 and 4 when tickets are very likely to be sold at the gate we would recommend buying days 1-4 in advance especially if you can get in the adjoining bays to the Barmy Army as we know from experience that when the ground is half empty there will be thousands of travelling fans grouped together across many bays adjoining the core sections we have been allocated so there is no real downside for any fan buying up tickets at face value in these bays.

What if I don’t get any tickets?

Firstly don’t panic and whatever you do don’t go onto any premium ticketing site and pay way over the odds. Our experience over many tours in Australia is that there is always a fair number of tickets freely available outside the ground and if you are travelling independently or in pairs then it is typically quite easy to buy tickets before the game at face value from genuine fans. We have HQs at every test match and this is a great meeting point to exchange tickets or to pick up spares before the game, the HQ’s are at the following Pubs:

Brisbane the Pig n Whistle Riverside
Adelaide PJ O’Briens
Perth The Lucky Shag Bar
Melbourne P J O’Briens and The Turf Bar
Sydney The Paragon Hotel

There has always been a healthy number of ex pats who have kindly bought up additional tickets to help their fellow countrymen and the Barmy Army forum has been a great place to introduce genuine fans to these tickets but unfortunately there is always a risk to these type of transactions and we cannot guarantee purchaser’s total security in this regard but we have no doubt there will be many of our followers who pick up tickets through this fantastic network of genuine fans who are determined to help us get around the ticketing policies put in place by Cricket Australia.

There are also a number of touts who do operate but many have got their fingers badly burned in the past as you will find many Australians will desert their teams in droves if they are not winning and tickets then become easily accessible. Yes it’s a slight gamble but my money’s on a convincing England victory at home and away and you only had to see the huge empty spaces in 2010/11 not to panic this time around.

I hope that the above information is helpful and that the ticketing policy will not stop you from travelling and enjoying what for most of us is the ultimate Test Series. It’s a fantastic tour and apart from the ticketing arrangements and the weakness of the pound everything is stacked up in our favour to have a truly exceptional trip. We look forward to seeing many of you this summer and thousands of you this winter in Australia. We are putting together a huge range of events and parties and tickets are already selling fast for our Christmas Day Lunch at The Palladium Crown Casino and our Exclusive Barmy Army New Year’s Eve Party at the Paragon Hotel in Circular Quay. In addition to our lunchtime and evening HQ’s, we will be playing the Fanatics in our own Alternative Fans Ashes, will once again be supporting the McGrath Foundation day 3 at the SCG and are compiling as many quality offers and discounts as we can for our first class Barmy Army Members. We will also be launching a fantastic competition in the next couple of weeks for 2 people to win flights to Australia with accommodation and match tickets so please keep in touch with us through the website and by following us on both facebook and twitter.


David Peacock
Co Founder
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Barmy Army Advice on Where to Sit and How to Get Match Ticke
PostPosted: 15:07 on 21st Jun 2013

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
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Melbourne $50, $55 and $60
Sydney $55, $60 and $65


Cheers for the update Dave. I am trying to get tickets for the above 2 tests via my sister in Aus a begrudging member of the ACF in the adjacent bays to the Barmy Army. What are the recommendations regards which ticket to get? Does $5 extra get you out of the sun? If so I'll pay it. When I looked I was given the following prices:

MCG = Ground =35, Bronze = 50, Silver = 80
SCG = Ground =50, Bronze = 55, Silver = 90

I would like to be able to give quite clear and simple instructions to my sister as she is really doing me a favour here. Also her, my bro in law and two kids are gonna come on the McGrath day via a family ticket, will that be in a different section?

By the way the aussie dollar is weakening by the day. Gone from 1.44 to 1.68 in the last couple of months. Long may it continue.
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DavePeacock
Post subject: Re: Barmy Army Advice on Where to Sit and How to Get Match Ticke
PostPosted: 16:18 on 21st Jun 2013

Joined: 14:15 on 7th Apr 2010
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Tickets next to the Barmy Army will be in the bronze sections, the higher up the bays you go you will get more shade and from memory there is an overhanging stand that provides shade at the MCG so you should be fine.

The family tickets will not be in the same area as us for obvious reasons but don't worry the songs will carry!!
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Barmy Army Advice on Where to Sit and How to Get Match Ticke
PostPosted: 16:30 on 21st Jun 2013

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
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Thanks again Dave. I shall sit with the family for the family day wherever it is, should be fun.
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This Charming Man
Post subject: Re: Barmy Army Advice on Where to Sit and How to Get Match Ticke
PostPosted: 10:38 on 24th Jun 2013

Joined: 10:35 on 24th Jun 2013
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I'm lucky enough to have a mate in Australia who is sorting me tickets for the tests. Though does anyone know if tickets in the 'England section' for the Brisbane ODI will also be available during the ACF priority sale?
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addtamx
Post subject: Re: Barmy Army Advice on Where to Sit and How to Get Match Ticke
PostPosted: 10:48 on 24th Jun 2013

Joined: 21:02 on 9th May 2008
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Location: Australia
This Charming Man Wrote:
I'm lucky enough to have a mate in Australia who is sorting me tickets for the tests. Though does anyone know if tickets in the 'England section' for the Brisbane ODI will also be available during the ACF priority sale?


That's very interesting and I hadn't noticed that before. There does appear to be an English fan zone for the one dayers at each ground except Adelaide (will be on the hill).

I think this is a first?? The official Barmy Army and other tours don't tend to hang around after the tests so I don't think we've ever had a section at the grounds for the ODI's. I assume they would be available during the ACF and general sales, unless their are tour groups covering these games as well........perhaps Dave can confirm??
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This Charming Man
Post subject: Re: Barmy Army Advice on Where to Sit and How to Get Match Ticke
PostPosted: 11:05 on 24th Jun 2013

Joined: 10:35 on 24th Jun 2013
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addtamx Wrote:
This Charming Man Wrote:
I'm lucky enough to have a mate in Australia who is sorting me tickets for the tests. Though does anyone know if tickets in the 'England section' for the Brisbane ODI will also be available during the ACF priority sale?


That's very interesting and I hadn't noticed that before. There does appear to be an English fan zone for the one dayers at each ground except Adelaide (will be on the hill).

I think this is a first?? The official Barmy Army and other tours don't tend to hang around after the tests so I don't think we've ever had a section at the grounds for the ODI's. I assume they would be available during the ACF and general sales, unless their are tour groups covering these games as well........perhaps Dave can confirm??


TBH I think I might just book that one myself when the tickets are on general sale anyway (some poor bird who hasn't got a clue about cricket is getting my tickets and I don't want to confuse her even further!). Hopefully there won't be much take up on it and imagine the section will mainly be ex-pats. I just got lucky as I tagged a week in Byron Bay on the end of my trip and it just so happened to coincide with the ODI in Brisbane so would be rude not to!
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gladstonescrewer
Post subject: Re: Barmy Army Advice on Where to Sit and How to Get Match Ticke
PostPosted: 17:44 on 24th Jun 2013

Joined: 12:34 on 24th Oct 2008
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Thanks for all the info Dave. Just a couple of questions re: Melbourne

The General Reserve tickets at the MCG. Are these numbered seats or just entry to a particular section and sit where you can?

Which is the dry area? Is it just the section Q29 to Q36?

Cheers
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edwardlyne
Post subject: Re: Barmy Army Advice on Where to Sit and How to Get Match Ticke
PostPosted: 19:16 on 24th Jun 2013

Joined: 10:32 on 6th May 2013
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I've persuaded my Australian cousins to sign up to the Cricket Australia website. Presumably you need an Australian credit card to complete the booking?
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Barmy Army Advice on Where to Sit and How to Get Match Ticke
PostPosted: 18:41 on 24th Jun 2013

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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edwardlyne Wrote:
I've persuaded my Australian cousins to sign up to the Cricket Australia website. Presumably you need an Australian credit card to complete the booking?


Yes, that's what Cricket Australia say, anyway. An Australian card and an Australian address.
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