IPL records high ticket demand

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DLF (sponsor) Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi believes the decision to set ticket prices for the 2009 tournament at between R10–200 (£ 0.74–14.86) represents an "attractive" option for South African fans.

On 3 April, the IPL announced the sale of online tickets for season 2009 in South Africa at Computicket. com–the official online destination for tickets to the event. Initial demand for tickets proved to be high, with the double–header on 18 April between the Mumbai Indians/Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals/Royal Challengers in Cape Town selling out within two hours of going on sale. Modi said: "I am extremely happy with the way ticket sales have progressed for the inaugural double–header weekend. A sell out crowd at the Sahara Park Newlands would be a dream start for Season 2009 and I would like to thank the fans for all their support. I hope fans all around the Rainbow Nation and from India continue to display their solidarity and acceptance of the DLF Indian Premier League in this manner. " Tickets for all double–header events in Durban are priced from R25 for students to R150 for grandstand seats, while single match day tickets will cost fans between R20 and R100. Johannesburgers will pay only R20–80 for tickets in the league phase, while tickets in Pretoria are priced between R40–120 for double–header weekends and between R30–80 for single match tickets. The tickets for the inaugural day double–header in Cape Town were priced between R50 for students to R200/150 for the grandstands, with all tickets being inclusive of the event's spectacular opening ceremony. Single match day tickets in the Cape are priced at R20 and R60 with the double–header on 19 April between R40 for students to R150/120 for the grandstands. Tickets in East London, Port Elizabeth, Kimberley and Bloemfontein range between R10–75, while fans in Kimberley can catch the IPL double–header for tickets ranging between R30–60. Modi added: "We had promised our fans in the Rainbow Nation a non–stop cricket carnival and the attractive ticket pricing I think should be a huge impetus for fans to come and see some of the best cricketing talent in the world, display their prowess on the field. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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