The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) yesterday confirmed that hundreds of legitimate ticket holders were denied entry to the Queen’s Park Oval for the NAGICO Super50 final but denied that the TTCB did not over-sell tickets.
In a press release yesterday, the TTCB thanked “the thousands who attended the NAGICO Super50 regional tournament, especially when the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force was playing both at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain and at Shaw Park in Tobago.
“The overwhelming support shown was appreciated by both players and administrators and it is in this context we make reference to the hundreds who were unable to gain entry to the Oval for the final between Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados on February 15, notwithstanding being in possession of legitimate entrance tickets,” the release added.
The Board apologised to those who were denied entrance and explained the circumstances that led to the situation, stating it had deliberately under-sold the event.
“We extend our sincere apologies to these supportive fans and assure them that this inconvenience was not due to over-selling of entrance tickets but the decision of the Fire Services personnel on duty to close off entry to the stands when there were seats still unoccupied,” the release said.
The Board also thanked Minister of National Security Gary Griffith, who “went beyond the call of duty and prevented a chaotic situation by his prompt and thoughtful intervention.”
“Within minutes of the issue being brought to his attention, Minister Griffith in consultation with Cricket Board officials and the management of the Queen’s Park Cricket Club, found a solution and initiated action which satisfied the hundreds of disgruntled loyal patrons,” the TTCB said.
“The TTCB categorically states that it purposefully under-sold the venue by 1,000 tickets, given the history of similar previous action to close the gates with fans outside the venue, and out of our concern for the comfort and welfare of our loyal ticket holders and cricket fans.”