27 November 201301:49

World Cup fans win under Victorian anti-scalping law

Cricket fans will be protected from ticket scalpers and websites trying to sell inflated tickets for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches under Victorian Government laws.

World Cup fans win under Victorian anti-scalping law - Cricket News

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The five World Cup matches scheduled to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – including the final - have been declared Sports Ticketing Events under the Major Sporting Events Act by the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty.

The Victorian Government’s declaration makes selling or advertising tickets to the MCG matches above face value an offence in Victoria, and means tournament organisers will have additional support from the Victorian Government in relation to the prevention of ticket scalping.

Tickets for the tournament go on general sale on 14 February 2014 and start at $20 for adults and $5 for children. Everyone who registers at www.cricketworldcup.com can qualify for an exclusive pre-sale opportunity.

Organisers are expecting more than a million people to attend matches and more than a billion to watch on television.

Minister for Sport and Recreation, The Hon. Hugh Delahunty, said that declaring the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 under the Major Sporting Events Act 2009 was the right thing to do.

"I believe the interest and demand for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 tickets, in particular to the opening match and the final to be played in Melbourne, warrants the event being covered by the ticketing provisions of the Act.

"I congratulate the Local Organising Committee for their efforts to keep ticket prices affordable and accessible for all cricket fans, but in particular families. Our legislation will help to ensure all matches in Melbourne remain affordable and accessible for everyone."

John Harnden, Chief Executive of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 welcomed the Victorian Government’s support saying that Victorians had the best possible chance at accessing tickets to one of the biggest sports events in the world.

“It’s fantastic to have Victorian Government support for what is the ICC’s flagship event. The declaration will help us to keep tickets in the hands of legitimate fans of cricket and not ticket scalpers.”

Previous major events to have been declared under the Major Sporting Events Act and its predecessor the Sports Ticketing (Fair Access) Act 2002 include the AFL Grand Final (each year since 2003), the 2009 and 2010 Australian Masters Golf and The Presidents Cup 2011.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2007 World Swimming Championships were covered by separate, event specific legislation.

“We’re working closely with all Government’s to look at new and innovative ways to minimise ticket scalping for the tournament,” Mr Harnden said.

Children’s tickets are available for every match in the tournament including the Final. All children’s tickets for the pools stage are $5. Prices for adults start from just $20, meaning that a family of four can attend this once in a generation event from just $50.

“We’ve made sure the event is affordable with more than two thirds of all tickets $50 or under. This is a great opportunity to see the world’s best cricketers right here in our own backyard,” continued Mr Harnden.

Travel packages for the tournament, which runs from 14 February to 29 March 2015, are on sale at www.icctravel.net.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is being jointly host by Australia and New Zealand and will feature 49 matches in 44 days across 14 Host Cities throughout. The opening match of the tournament will be played in Christchurch and the final will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

“We expect high demand for tickets and we’re operating on a first come first served basis. Fans are encouraged to register early so they can get the seats they want,” Mr Harnden concluded.

For detailed ticketing information or to view the tournament fixtures go to www.cricketworldcup.com and follow the links.