It is just halfway through the group stage of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 and yet over 50,000 tickets for the final match have already been sold out. The final match will be held at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday 8 March.
Melbourne is popularly referred to as ‘the sporting capital of the world’. It is aiming to fill the MCG in what will be a historic sporting occasion.
Apart from the finals, the overall tournament of the T20 World Cup has got a massive response as can be seen in the matches that have already been played. The event has already set new benchmarks, including the highest attendance at a standalone women’s cricket match in Australia, when 13,432 attended the opening clash between Australia and India at Sydney Showground Stadium on Friday 21 February.
And as for the finals, efforts to fill the MCG is applaudable. The final match on the 8th also coincides with International Women’s Day that is celebrated worldwide. More than that global pop icon Katy Perry will be performing at both pre-game show and post-game show.
The tickets are priced at affordable range from just $20 for adults and all children’s tickets are $5. This will encourage the fans to buy the family-friendly priced tickets to watch the match. The tickets are also available online at t20worldcup.com, with the opportunity to #FILLTHEMCG and be part of a new record for the highest attendance at a women’s sporting fixture.
The present record for attendance was set at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, when 90,185 watched the USA beat China at the Rose Bowl in California, USA.
The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup finals will start at 6:00 PM AEDT, with fans urged to be in their seats by 5:00 PM to experience the full pre-game show, featuring Katy Perry.
With regards to the matches so far, defending champions Australia took a step towards qualifying for the semi-finals with a big win over Bangladesh at Manuka Oval on Thursday night in front of 5,614 people, which is a record for a women’s cricket match in Canberra.
The hosts now face New Zealand in a must-win clash for both sides at the Junction Oval in Melbourne on Monday. As for India who maintained their unbeaten run, secured a semi-final spot with a thrilling final-over victory over the White Ferns.
Double-header semi-finals will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday 5 March.
The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 final represents another big step forward after the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 finals at the sold-out Lord’s. The number of tickets sold so far for the MCG final on March 8 represents more than twice the number of tickets that were pre-sold to the Lord’s final.
The tournament has reached the likes of people across the globe, with the level of competitiveness in each match and the stunning performances of teams that have baffled the crowd. This World Cup will, in turn, result in larger participation of women in sports and help to get support for women’s athleticism.
This news was first published on ICC Website