World Cup 2019: Tickets for final sold out to majority Indian fans, now what?

Updated: Jul 12, 2019, 07:27 IST | mid-day online desk

All the tickets for the final have been sold out and despite India's shock ouster in the semi-finals, 90 percent of the fans who have planned their trips months in advance, will still be thronging the stadium.

World Cup 2019: Tickets for final sold out to majority Indian fans, now what?
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India are out of the World Cup but majority of the team's fans have landed up in UK to watch the final of the World Cup. Majority of the tickets were sold out well in advance.

All the tickets for the final have been sold out and despite India's shock ouster in the semi-finals, 90 percent of the fans who have planned their trips months in advance, will still be thronging at the 'Mecca of Cricket' expecting some high-quality action.

The expectation was that the Indian fans would be selling off their tickets and asking for a refund but that is not exactly the case.

A visit to ICC's ticketing website indeed provided a confirmation that the resale traffic is really low. If a ticket buyer has registered himself with the website and someone in possession of tickets wants to sell off, the former gets an email confirmation.

The various price categories like bronze (95 GBP), silver (195 GBP), gold (295 GBP) and platinum (395 GBP) have sold out markers against them. Even the tickets for minors in all these categories which come for 20, 30 and 40 GBP respectively has also been sold out.

"The resale platform - has been busy with lots of people looking for tickets but very few selling. So interest is still high. We have the platform if they want to sell," an ICC spokesperson told PTI when asked if things would change post India's defeat.

With England starting off well against Australia on the day, there is a possibility that the British citizens of Indian origin, will root for their adopted nation.

"Don't forget though most of those India fans are also UK citizens so may come and support England depending on today," the spokesperson further added.

Another ICC source said that Indians especially all those coming from the United States, Canada and Australia to watch the semi-final and final have all their bookings done.

"They have paid for return airfares, done their hotel bookings and have already watched a semi-final. Why will they leave without getting the feel of a World Cup final at the Lord's," the source said.

Indian fans are known to end up with a profit even when they are bound to be at a loss, so some fans might try to sell their tickets at a premium. But to whom? As most fans of the other three teams in the semi-finals may not be willing to shell out a bomb for the tickets. 

With inputs from PTI

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