BATTLE STATIONS? FULL STEAM AHEAD! Stanford 20/20 launch ticket sales of Super Series, as Digicel refuses Stanford 20/20 counter-offer
Digicel has refused to consent to Stanford 20/20?s participation in the legal action Digicel has brought against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in relation to the forthcoming Stanford Super Series.
Stanford 20/20 sought Digicel?s consent to become a party to the arbitration proceedings in London, in order to ensure its position was fully and properly communicated to the arbitrator, and to safeguard the interests of all participants in the Stanford Super Series, including Stanford 20/20 itself, the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Middlesex, Trinidad and Tobago, players, broadcasters, commercial partners and the cricket-supporting public.
Digicel claims that to permit Stanford 20/20 such access would ?disrupt? the arbitration despite the fact that the WICB has consented to Stanford 20/20 becoming a party.
Although an entirely innocent party in the dispute between Digicel and WICB, in an attempt to resolve the impasse Stanford 20/20 had previously offered not to enter into a deal with a rival telecoms company, to pay Digicel?s legal costs and also to grant Digicel, at no cost, valuable benefits in relation to the 2008 events to which Digicel is not contractually entitled. Stanford 20/20 believes that its offer addressed all of Digicel?s legitimate concerns but, having spurned these generous offers, Digicel is now denying Stanford 20/20 its basic right to protect its interests.
This latest action appears to make clear that Digicel is adamant on pursuing its legal proceedings at the risk of destroying the event and causing substantial damage to cricket in the Caribbean.
Stanford 20/20 will nevertheless continue to do everything in its power to ensure a successful Stanford Super Series and preparations continue apace.
The proof of which is in launching the ticketing policy and procedure for fans eager to attend the Super Series in October and November. Fans in Antigua and around the world have already been clamouring for information on ticket sales to the stunning multi-million dollar cricket series which culminates with the mind blowing Stanford 20/20 For US$20m between the Stanford Superstars and England on November 1 st.
A limited number of Grounds tickets for all matches went on sale online from Saturday September 27th at 12noon Eastern Caribbean Time (5pm BST).
Tickets purchased online can be collected at the Stanford 20/20 Box Office from October 13th.
Grounds tickets for the Stanford 20/20 For 20 on November 1st are priced at US$35 (UK?20) while Grounds tickets for all other matches are US$20 (UK?12).
Grandstand and Sticky Wicket hospitality tickets will be sold exclusively at the Stanford 20/20 Box Office at the Stanford Cricket Ground.
Tickets for the Grandstand, which is a reserved, covered seating area, for the US$20,000,000 match between the Stanford Superstars and England are US$80 (EC$216) and US$35 (EC$94.50) for all other matches of the Stanford Super Series. Sticky Wicket hospitality tickets are prices at US$250 (EC$675) for the November 1st game and US$150 (EC$405) for all other matches.
Persons wishing to travel from the UK can also purchase Tour and Travel packages from the event?s official licensed operator, Sportsworld. In addition anyone travelling to Antigua from around the Caribbean can utilise the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association option on the official ticketing page on the Stanford 20/20 website where a number of smaller hotels are offering room and Grounds ticket packages for the event.
There is a strict limit of 6 tickets per household.
The ticket limit and fixed online inventory (of a limited number of Grounds tickets alone being sold online) is to ensure that fans across the globe and fans in Antigua, the home of Stanford 20/20 have fair access to the highly prized tickets for this unprecedented and much anticipated Stanford Super Series.
Keen on ensuring that the unique Antiguan and West Indian flavour of Stanford 20/20 is maintained, the organisers have decided that a large portion of the ticket allocation will be held for direct sales at the Box Office in Antigua. Local cricket fans can also take advantage of a limited number of reduced price concession tickets for children under twelve years old, when purchased from the Box Office with any full price ticket.
When picking up ticket(s) purchased online at the Stanford 20/20 Box Office in Antigua persons will need to present their credit card used to purchase ticket(s) along with valid photo identification.
STANFORD SUPER SERIES MATCH SCHEDULE:
Saturday October 25 th ? Stanford Superstar v Trinidad & Tobago
Sunday October 26th ? England v Middlesex
Monday October 27th ? Trinidad & Tobago v Middlesex
Tuesday October 28th ? England v Trinidad & Tobago
Thursday October 30th ? Stanford Superstars v Middlesex
Stanford 20/20 For 20million ?
Stanford Superstars v England