Only 10 per cent of the 32,990 tickets available for public to be sold online

Tickets for the October 26 One-Day International between Australia and India to be played at Barabati stadium here would be available online from Thursday, informed the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Asirbad Behera on Wednesday.

Two tickets per head

Speaking to newsmen, Mr Behera said only 10 per cent of the 32,990 tickets available for public would be sold online and each person can purchase only two tickets by visiting the websitewww.ticketgenie.infromThursday onwards. The unsold tickets reserved for online booking would be transferred to the counters for public sale on October 23, Mr Behera said.

Concessional rate

With a stadium capacity of about 45,000, exactly 44,455 tickets are being printed this time of which 12,640 are reserved for BCCI sponsors, members, affiliated units of OCA and Odisha Olympic Association. The affiliated units and associate members can purchase their tickets on October 20 and 21, Mr Behera said, adding that in order to get rid of fake and bogus tickets, the association for the first time has introduced bar-coding system and other security features on the tickets.

While tickets for galleries 1, 2, 3 and 4 are fixed at Rs 500 each, the tickets for galleries 6 and 7 are priced at Rs 400. Some tickets of gallery 6 would be available as players’ concession for Rs 200 each.

Similarly, the prices of tickets for special enclosures are fixed at Rs 2,000, a ticket in corporate gallery would cost Rs 3,000, New Pavilion ticket is priced at Rs 4,000, a ticket in AC box in gallery 4 would cost Rs 5,000 and for the elite audience, a ticket in corporate box has been priced at Rs 10,000, sources said, adding that complementary lunch, tea and dinner would be provided in all these facilities.

Fourteen gates

Mr Behera said the stadium this time would have 14 gates (two more than previous matches) to facilitate the entry and exit of the crowd. Keeping in view the safety of players, the spectators are not allowed to carry transistors, mirrors, bugles, crackers, glass and helmets to the galleries. However, the authorities have allowed the spectators to carry dry food, cooked food in paper packets along with water bottles of more than 1 litre or more. Water pouches and bottles of less than 1 litre are strictly prohibited inside the stadium on match day, said a press release issued by the OCA.