If you are dying to catch the Hockey India League matches, better get ready to beat others to the ticket counters.
In all likelihood, tickets for the Ranchi leg of the league, which started in Delhi on Monday, will start selling at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Morabadi, from Tuesday on a first-come-first-serve basis. But those dreading the serpentine queues need not fret. They can simply log in to http://inticketgenie.in and buy the tickets priced between Rs 60 and Rs 2,000.
“Tickets and their details are yet to arrive from Delhi. We are expecting the same by tonight (Monday) so that we can open the sales counters from tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Naren Badhswal, assistant manager of BookMyShow, which has been given the franchise to sell tickets for the Ranchi matches.
Badhswal added that there were five categories of tickets — Rs 60, Rs 90, Rs 120, Rs 180 and Rs 2,000. Prices have been fixed according to the distance of the seats from the main pavilion. However, as details are awaited, Badhswal could not give their names. But sources said the tickets priced at Rs 2,000, which are for seats alongside the VVIP section, number only 200.
The total capacity of Astroturf Hockey Stadium is 5,500 and 4,900 tickets will be sold. The rest will be reserved for organisers and VVIPs.
“There is no last date for sale of tickets. We will sell them on first-come-first-serve basis. Till the last ticket is sold, counters will be open,” said Badhswal, adding tickets could be sold out in just two days or stretch on to the final.
“Rough structures for the ticket counters have been built outside the stadium. We are hoping a good response,” said Suresh Singh, Hockey India League’s Ranchi co-ordinator.
There will be four counters — two for current booking for those lining up to purchase the tickets and two for online booking. Those choosing the online option will get a reference number via SMS on his/her mobile phone. The person has to go to the counter at the stadium, show the reference number and get tickets. Online buyers can pay through credit card or debit card.
In all, 34 matches will be played in Jalandhar, Lucknow, Mumbai, Delhi and Ranchi. Five teams have been formed, including Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Mumbai Magicians, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Delhi Waveriders and Ranchi Rhinos. On Monday, Delhi Waveriders clashed with Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the national capital’s Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium.
The astroturf stadium in the capital is scheduled to host as many as 10 matches (see chart). The first of them will be played between Ranchi Rhinos and Mumbai Magicians on January 18.
Jan. 18: Ranchi Rhinos vs Mumbai Magicians
Jan. 23: Ranchi Rhinos vs Delhi Waveriders
Jan. 24: Ranchi
Rhinos vs Uttar
Jan. 28: Ranchi Rhinos vs Mumbai Magicians
Feb. 1: Ranchi Rhinos
vs Delhi Waveriders
Feb. 2: Ranchi Rhinos vs Jaypee Punjab Warriors
Feb. 9: Semi-final 1 and semi-final 2
Feb. 10: Playoff for 3rd/4th places and final