Cricket Fans during a Test match. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)
(Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)
As soon as this Tuesday, cricket fans will make their
long-awaited return to the stands during the Provincial T20 Cup that has
entered the quarter-final stages.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed that ticket sales would
commence on Monday for 2 000 vaccinated fans to enjoy live cricket in the
country for the first time since Australia toured here in February and March
The news bodes well for the summer of cricket, too, where
the Proteas will host the Netherlands in three ODIs in November and India in a
tour comprising three Tests starting December.
“We are delighted that the fans, our most
important stakeholders, are coming back to the stadiums,” said CSA’s
acting Chief Executive Officer Pholetsi Moseki.
“Cricket is yet again in a good space, and there is a
lot of hard work taking place to ensure that the game of cricket is placed on
the top spot.
“We want fans to come and experience the new look
stadium experience, and we remind fans that tickets will be sold on a
first-come, first-serve basis.
“Due to limited capacity still and to minimise any
disappointments, we encourage cricket fans and sports followers to quickly get
their tickets as soon as sales open.
“We also take this opportunity to remind and encourage
all sports lovers to ensure that they are fully vaccinated in order to improve
the health situation in the country and to hopefully reduce the Covid numbers,
as this will eventually see a growth in the number of fans in the stands.”
South Western Districts face the Titans at the Diamond Oval
in Kimberley (10:00) on Tuesday in the first Provincial T20 Cup quarter-final
encounter, followed by the Knights versus Western Province (14:30) at the same
Fans will be allowed to attend right up to the competition’s
conclusion on 22 October.
Full Cricket South Africa statement:
The cricket fever is in the air, and what better way to
welcome it than being part of it.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) together with the rest of the
sporting fraternity recently celebrated the news of the announcement of the
amended Covid-19 regulations that see the fans return to stadiums to experience
their first love and to support their cricket teams of choice.
Very soon, each venue will be able to welcome and host a
maximum of 2 000 (two thousand) fans across the various cricket venues in the
Preparations have been done and it is now time for fans
to come and enjoy a live game of cricket.
As of Monday, 18 October from 09:00, CSA, in association
with the Affiliates (the venue managers) will open public ticket sales at R50 a
ticket, for the remainder of the matches of the Provincial T20 Cup competition
that is currently taking place. The ticket sales will be rolled out, as
- Quarter Final 1/2 (19 October 21)
- Quarter Final 3/4 (20 October 21)
- Semi-Final 1/2 (21 October 21)
- Final (22 October 21)
Capacity will be split over suites, stands, and the grass
embankments ticket sales to fans will be conducted online only, in line with
the health and safety regulations to reduce interaction with spectators. The
online function will allow the fans to download and self-print the tickets in a
Access control will follow the normal protocols, with the
ticket and accreditation cards being strictly monitored to provide a detailed
log of all access to the stadium. All tickets will be unreserved to allow
spectators the ability to social distance and patrons will need to scan their
own tickets once they arrive at the turnstiles.
The stadia will create an “Outer Ring” prior to
the turnstiles, where security will validate that every patron gaining access
to the precinct is fully vaccinated. The verification process will require
patrons to either produce their original vaccination card or present a printed
copy of the SA Government-issued Vaccinated Certificate. Alternatively, the
patron may also present a digital version of the Vaccinated Certificate.
In addition to this, the patron’s Identity Document,
Drivers Licence or Passport will have to match the details on the Vaccination
While vendors will be operational, unfortunately, under
the current regulations, alcohol may not be sold or consumed in the vicinity of