The imminent Pepsi IPL 2014 has captured the imagination of cricket-lovers in the United Arab Emirates. Followers of the sport are in the process of securing their tickets for the matches being played in the UAE, in April 2014.
Almost 40,000 tickets have been purchased online, since the sales began on Thursday, 3 April 2014. 20,000 of these were snapped up within an hour of going live.
"This is a remarkable start. The sale of tickets off the field will be complemented by some exhilarating cricket on the field, in the fifteen days from 16 April 2014 to 30 April 2014," Ranjib Biswal, Chairman, Governing Council, IPL, said.
Chief Executive of the Emirates Cricket Board, David East, feels that those who have not yet bought tickets should get online to make their purchase before the sold-out signs are displayed.
“It’s pleasing to see the way online ticket sales have sold for the United Arab Emirates leg of the Pepsi IPL 2014. Apart from the cricket fans, the interest of cricket is growing among the people in the UAE. This is evident from the number of tickets sold on the very first day. The spectators will come in huge numbers to support and savour the IPL," East said.
They will be available at selected Lulu Hypermarkets in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, from Monday, 7 April 2014.
The Lulu Hypermarkets outlets where tickets will be available, are as follows:
Al Barsha Al Qusais Al Karama Arabian Centre
Al Wahda Al Nahda Mai Saloon
Abu Dhabi (seven)
Al Wahda Mall Khalidiya Mall Mushrif Mall Madinat Zayed Capital Mall Al Raha Mall Mazyad Centre
Stadium box-office sales will start on Thursday, 10 April 2014.
The tickets are available in different denominations. The minimum price for the Abu Dhabi matches is AED20 for a single match, and AED30 for double-headers. In Dubai, a ticket for one match will start at AED30, and AED50 for double-headers. In Sharjah, tickets will start at UED30 for a single match, and AED40 for the double-headers.