Hockey World Cup: Fans baffled after tickets run out during offline sale

Bhubaneswar: The offline sale of tickets for the Men’s Hockey World Cup in Kalinga Stadium of Bhubaneswar began today much to the disappointment of fans as tickets for the opening match ran out within minutes.

Besides, tickets for quarter final, semifinal and final matches are also reportedly unavailable, that too on the very first day of the offline sale.

“I am feeling really bad that tickets for the opening and final matches are finished. I can’t even explain how bad I feel,” said a disappointed fan.

Another fan said, “We wanted to get tickets for the opening match but failed. However, we managed to get tickets for the final. Hope, Indian will reach the final.”

Tickets were scheduled to be available at different outlets in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar from 10 AM to 5 PM every day.

While the resentment surfaced among the fans over alleged mismanagement in sale and distribution of tickets, the concerned authorities are yet to comment on the matter.

Moreover, there is no information about the number of tickets sold online and the number of tickets reserved for the sponsors and others.

Meanwhile, tickets for India-South Africa (November 28), India-Belgium (December 2) and India-Canada (December 8) matches have already been sold out.

General tickets have been priced at Rs 200 (East Stand), Rs 100 (North Stand) and Rs 100 (South Stand) for the pool and crossover matches, while tickets for the knockout rounds are priced at Rs 250 (East Stand), Rs 150 (North Stand and Rs 150 (South Stand).