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Ticket sales slow for Optus Stadium Test between Australia and India

Cricket Australia has forecast a total crowd of just 70,000 for the inaugural Test at Optus Stadium after reporting unexpectedly low ticket sales.

Widespread disillusionment with Australian cricket, and the game’s lack of history at the new 55,000-capacity venue were given as reasons for the poor ticket sales which could have an impact on future Tests at the billion-dollar stadium.

The 70,000 figure is critical because 60,000 is the threshold figure to transfer Tests from the WACA Ground to the new venue.

CA chief executive Kevin Roberts said yesterday that “challenges” in Perth had lowered expectations after the WACA had originally predicted that 100,000 people would attend the first three days of the match.

“I would suggest it is something to do with that it’s not a regular fixture on the calendar, it’s a new venue and it’s close to Christmas,” Roberts said.

“Hopefully, it goes for five days here (in Adelaide) and the cricket community are inspired to attend in bigger numbers than what we suspect.”

WACA chief executive Christina Matthews predicted last month that crowds of 40,000, 34,000 and 26,000 were expected for the first three days of the second Test.

But CA has since revised its projections to take into account the unexpectedly low response from the Indian community.

WACA CEO Christina Matthews at Optus Stadium.WACA CEO Christina Matthews at Optus Stadium.
Camera IconWACA CEO Christina Matthews at Optus Stadium.Picture: The West Australian

All public areas in the top tier at Optus Stadium have been closed for the Test, with about 1500 tickets transferred to lower levels. WACA members will still be able to sit in the designated top tier area at the northern part of the ground.

Only 23,802 people attended the first day of the first Test at Adelaide Oval — 32,000 fewer than the first day against England a year earlier. A crowd of 49,502 watched Australia win in three days at the WACA Ground in 2011-12 in the previous Test against India in Perth.

Matthews confirmed this year that, under the deals with CA and the State government, any Test that was predicted to draw at least 15,000 people to each of the first four days would be played at Optus Stadium.

The only country not predicted to meet that figure is New Zealand, who are due to tour Australia next summer.

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