Tickets for Champions Trophy semifinal matches sold out

Bhubaneswar: The tickets for tomorrow’s semifinal matches of Hero Men’s Champions Trophy, including the clash between arch rivals India and Pakistan, have been sold out, the organisers said on Friday.

Hockey fans at Kalinga Stadium here were seen desperately trying to get hold of tickets for tomorrow’s two semifinal matches. The tickets were sold out in the morning hours itself and fans were seen standing in front of counters still trying their luck to buy tickets.

Speaking on the tickets getting sold out, Md. Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General Hockey India, said “The crowd wanted to watch India-Pakistan match. I am sure hockey fans tomorrow will get a real treat seeing Pakistan and India fighting it out for a final berth. This will be not only for spectators sitting here at the stadium but fans across the world will be watching it LIVE.

“While, yes the India Pakistan match is a craze but we have been seeing full house stadium from day 1 of the tournament and this shows the craze that the people here have for this game,” he said.

The semifinal day will commence with play-offs for the 5-8 placement matches, with the first semi-final getting underway at 17:15 IST between Germany and Australia before the India vs Pakistan clash at 19:30 IST.