Sports fans from across the world can now take one step closer to the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 as ticket sales were launched for the showpiece event earlier today (Monday).
Tickets for all Pool, Cross-over and Quarter-Final matches can now be purchased from www.ticketgenie.in, while tickets for the Semi-Finals and Finals plus a hotly anticipated opening ceremony will be released at a later date.
Priced between ₹100 and ₹250, there’s a range of ticket options available for fans heading to the Kalinga Stadium between 28 November and 16 December. Demand is however set to be extremely high, therefore organisers have limited purchases to two tickets per person for each match day.
The general tickets for the event are reasonably priced at Rs 200 (East Stand), Rs 100 (North Stand) and Rs 100 (South Stand) for the Pool and Crossover matches while tickets for the knockout matches are priced at Rs 250 (East Stand), Rs 150 (North Stand) and Rs 150 (South Stand).
As a result, fans are being encouraged to buy early and not miss out on witnessing the best men’s teams in the world live in India, with 18 days of fast-paced, action-packed, world-class hockey scheduled, the organisers have stated in a press release.
Speaking after receiving the first official ticket, presented by Hockey India CEO Elena Norman, Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Government of Odisha, said: “I am glad to announce the launch of the online ticket sales for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.”
“I am delighted to have received the first ticket. May the hockey fever of the people of Odisha spread to the world. We look forward to hosting fans and visitors from all over. We hope all our guests will enjoy world-class hockey action and the great treasures that Odisha has to offer. Come enjoy the thrilling matches and soak in the warmth of our hospitality!”
Fans who had pre-registered via the official website were given exclusive access to a pre-sale between 12-15 April. With tickets now on general public sale, all fans can get their hands on the hottest tickets in town.
A total of 36 matches will be played during the tournament. The opening match of the tournament will see World No. 3 Belgium take on World No. 11 Canada on 28th November 2018 while host nation India will also open their campaign on the same day as they face South Africa.
The hosts will also be in action on 2nd December 2018 as they play a strong Belgium team whom they defeated in the Quarter-finals of the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017 at the same venue. India’s third and final Pool match will be against Canada on 8th December 2018.
The sixteen participating teams will play three matches each during the league stage over the span of twelve days before four cross-over matches take place on 10th and 11th December 2018. The knockout matches will take place on 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th as the teams will look to become the Champions of the prestigious quadrennial event which was won by Australia in 2014.
Expressing his delight at the launch of the online general ticket sales for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, Rajinder Singh, President, Hockey India, said, “Bhubaneswar played an amazing host last year when the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017 took place at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium.”
“The event received an overwhelming response from the fans who turned up in huge numbers to enjoy the games, braving the cold and rain on some days. It was a great spectacle to witness such enthusiasm for hockey. Last year’s event has set a benchmark for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, and it is an honour for our country to be hosting this global hockey extravaganza as it gives the passionate hockey fans from India an opportunity to witness the world’s best players in action.”
“It is a conscious decision to start the sales of tickets six months prior to the event so that fans, friends and families of players can plan their trip in advance. These general tickets have been made available at affordable prices to ensure cost does not become a reason for any fan to miss out on the biggest tournament in the sport.”