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Free tickets to boost World Cup attendance

To boost attendance for the second round matches, World Cup organisers are distributing 500 free tickets for the Australia-Bangladesh match on Saturday.

cricket Updated: Mar 31, 2007 12:08 IST

In an effort to boost attendance for the second round matches, World Cup organisers are distributing 500 free tickets for the Australia-Bangladesh match on Saturday.

The free tickets are part of an initiative between the Local Organising Committee and the World Cup West Indies committee.

Another 1,300 tickets will be made available to the Antiguan government to use "in a manner it sees fit", said George Goodwin, managing director and chief executive officer of the World Cup Antigua Inc (WCAI)on Friday.

He said the free tickets would be distributed to youth clubs and national youth teams.

An average of 7,500 patrons turned out to watch the first two games involving the West Indies, Australia and New Zealand over the past three days.

The Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground has a permanent capacity of 10,000 while the temporary stands can accommodate a further 8,000.

Goodwin said WCAI and the World Cup organisers agreed on the initiative on Thursday night after the West Indies played their two matches.

He said there would be other programmes to boost attendance for the other matches.

Goodwin admitted that the free ticket initiative would not have materialised if patrons had brought out all available tickets. "The optimism was that all of the stadiums would be filled," he said.