2015 Cricket World Cup affordable for all

14 Nov 2013 11:21 AMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 

Queensland is set to get a further economic boost from the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup with thousands of families to benefit from a range of affordable ticketing options announced today.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the announcement will help to lift the state’s $22 billion tourism industry, which had already begun a revival under the Newman Government.

“These ticketing options are set make the ICC World Cup a truly family friendly event,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Adult tickets are from $20 and child tickets from $5, meaning a family of four will be able to enjoy this world-class event from just $50 in the safety of dedicated family zones (alcohol free).

“Tourism was neglected under Labor, but the Newman Government has worked with industry to kick-start the sector.

“It is one of the four pillars of the economy and today’s announcement helps support our election commitment to double annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

“The ICC World Cup will now be accessible to even more families and that will be great for the event and the state’s economy.

“The world’s best players will be competing for this milestone cricket prize and more Queenslanders can get involved in the action at the Gabba.”

Ms Stuckey said the Newman Government was working with organisers to ensure as many people as possible had the chance to attend this once in a generation event.

“Queenslanders will have the flexibility to build their own World Cup experience through buying any combination of tickets,” she said.

Ms Stuckey said the three pool matches to be played at the Gabba were:  

  • Australia v Bangladesh on Saturday 21 February
  • Ireland v Qualifier 4 on Wednesday 25 February
  • Pakistan v Zimbabwe on Sunday 1 March

“The highlight will be the Saturday night match between Australia and Bangladesh,” she said.

“Of course the announcement comes ahead of the long awaited Ashes re-match starting at the Gabba next week and after Queensland secured one of next summer’s four test matches against India.

“These are great opportunities to showcase Brisbane and Queensland through national and international media and strengthen Queensland’s reputation as a successful major event host.

“It’s also an opportunity to ignite the passion for cricket at the grass roots level as well as provide a boost for the sport locally.”

Tickets will be available from 14 February 2014, exactly one year from the start of the event. The best way to secure them is to register at www.cricketworldcup.com (external site) ( http://www.cricketworldcup.com/ ). Fans who register before 5 February will get access to an exclusive 48 hour early purchase option before all tickets go on sale to the general public.

[END] 13 November 2013