ICC World Cup 2019: London Mall to host grand Opening Party

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The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Opening Party will take place on the iconic London Mall on the eve of the tournament opener on May 30. The ICC 2019 World Cup inaugural match on May 30 will feature hosts England and South Africa.

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will launch with a bang as London’s iconic Mall plays host to a spectacular Opening Party on the eve of the event. A global live broadcast audience and 4,000 fans at the venue will be treated to a music and sporting spectacular on May 29 in what will be the most celebrated start to an ICC Cricket World Cup ever.

The “not-to-be-missed” live broadcast Opening Party will be a mix of music, dance and some of the biggest names in sport with a winner takes all sporting competition. The glittering event organised in partnership with The Royal Parks within the backdrop of Buckingham Palace, will be live broadcast around the world with an audience of spectators at the ticket only event, ICC has stated in a Press release.

Fans around the world will get to enjoy the Opening Party, too. It will be broadcast live across multiple territories taking the official opening of cricket’s 50-over pinnacle event to homes and communities of millions of global cricket fans.

Steve Elworthy, Managing Director at ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, said: “The Opening Party will capture the very essence of what makes this tournament so special and will be hugely exciting for the fans that are lucky enough to attend but also across broadcast we will show the world what they have to look forward to over the next 45 days of cricket action.

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“The Mall, with Buckingham Palace in the background, is synonymous with some of the biggest events held in the UK and is instantly recognisable to everyone around the globe. It will be a fitting celebration of a World Cup, cricket and sport with diversity at its core.”

Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events and Filming at The Royal Parks, said: “The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Opening Party will be a unique and spectacular way to kick off this incredible tournament.

“Millions of people around the world will be watching the excitement unfold in central London and we are honored to be a part of it.”

Tickets will be allocated through a ballot system and applications will open on Thursday, April 4, viawww.cricketworldcup.com/opening-party and will close on May 1 with winners being notified on May 7. Subject to success, each applicant will be limited to two free tickets to ensure a fair process across the ballot stage and tickets will not be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Fans without tickets will not be able to attend the live event on The Mall.

Meanwhile, interest in tickets for the 48 matches at the tournament has been unprecedented with over 3 million ticket applications from 148 countries across six continents truly showing the global appeal of the Cricket World Cup.

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