Friday, March 18, 2011

Got tickets

Four weeks ago, I described my frustrating effort to buy tickets for the cricket world cup final. I was among half a million people who tried to access the site at the moment the tickets went on sale. Hardly surprising that it crashed. More surprising that the organisers didn't predict it would happen.
Belatedly, they put a fair system in play, based on a ballot. My name came up in the lottery, which means I have two very expensive passes to the final. But that's only stage 1 of the lottery. Frankly, although I'd love to see a game between, say, Australia and South Africa, I'd only find it worthwhile shelling out 35 grand for two passes if India are in the contest, which is only a 25% chance right now. I haven't checked the returns policy on Kyazoonga; the website might be crashed by punters seeking refunds the moment India are eliminated, if that dreadful event does come to pass.

8 comments:

Hemant said...

35k? sorry, did i read that right? pardon my ignorance , but which special tics are these?
hemant

Girish Shahane said...

Nothing special about the tickets, Hemant; it's the event that's special and accounts for the inflated prices.
And now we're facing Australia in the quarters, and probably Pakistan next, just the worst draw possible in the knockout stages.

Anonymous said...

A lottery where you pay 35k?

Surely you deserve better, Girish!

-surabhi :)

Girish Shahane said...

Hehe, I hope Kyazoonga has a reasonable returns policy.
It's the biggest sports event ever staged in Bombay, and I'd never forgive myself if I didn't give myself a chance to see a world cup final with India in it.

Anonymous said...

Only Mohali now stands between you and the final. Hope you get to use those tickets - fingers crossed.

Kuntal

Girish Shahane said...

Yup, there's some extra tension watching matches now, as I discovered during the Australia encounter.
Five teams have won the World Cup in its 35 years, and four of those five ended up in one half of the draw; seems a bit unfair.

jaimit said...

sell at least one now before the mohali match and hedge your bets. you will recover full cost and yet see the match :)
dont think of it as sellling in black, think of it as social service and save the poor man from selling his kidney.

Girish Shahane said...

I've considered that, Jaimit :) Only problem is, if India win, I want to go with a companion, mostly because it's more fun that way, but also because Wankhede is better tackled in twos: they don't allow anything to be carried inside, so even getting water means you risk losing your seat...