Cricket World Cup Tickets: System Crashes Due to High Demand
10 Million Cricket Fans Try to Buy 1,000 Tickets to 2011 Cricket World Cup Final
Ten million cricket fans tried to buy 1,000 available Cricket World Cup final tickets within the first 20 minutes that they were available. KyaZoonga, the agency running the site selling the tickets was in no way prepared for that level of demand, though it's unclear why this was not predicted. No tickets to the Cricket World Cup final were sold, but ten million fans were enraged.
The online backlash was huge, and KyaZoonga will go back to the drawing board, organizing a ballot system, as used for selling Grand Slam tickets, for selling the Cricket World Cup final tickets instead. The Cricket World Cup final is on April 2 in Mumbai.
Cricket World Cup Final Tickets Are Scarce
4,000 tickets are available for the general public: 1,000 to be sold online, and 3,000 to be sold at stadium box offices. Expect rather long queues.
Monday's problems launched a huge online backlash by fans seeking the precious tickets for the April 2 final in Mumbai but the KyaZoonga agency said the demand had taken everyone by surprise.
"There was a limited supply of tickets and the demand was unprecedented. The website got completely overloaded," KyaZoonga chief executive officer Neetu Bhatia told Reuters by phone on Wednesday.
There you have it: ticket-sales organizers were surprised that people wanted to attend the Cricket World Cup final.