Anger and joy as Test is a sell-out
HOCKEY fans vented their frustration after the women’s Test match between England and the Netherlands in June sold out in record time at the weekend.
England Hockey had originally released priority pre-sale tickets last Tuesday but demand outstripped supply and left few seats available for general release on Sunday.
The national governing body said that tickets for the eagerly-anticipated clash sold out within an hour of the final batch being released to the general public, of which they said that a “large proportion” were made available.
However, several fans told The Hockey Paper that they could not purchase tickets at all when they logged online on Sunday morning.
Abi Grocutt tweeted: “I was online to get tickets at 9:50. 1hr 30mins of constant refreshing and no tickets available and even tried phoneline. #gutted.”
Cathie Lally, of Wychwood Badgers HC, said: “We were in the queue, got 14 tickets, turned away for a minute and they were gone! Unable to get any after. Very disappointed.”
Staff at Kingsbury School in Somerset admitted that they couldn’t buy tickets “despite a multipronged approach at 10am precisely”, while New Forest HC said that no tickets were left by 10:05, with “some very disappointed minis”.
But there were plenty of successful punters, including Norwich Dragons ladies 8s. “Got our tickets and can’t wait,” the club tweeted.
England Hockey admitted in a release on Monday that they “saw demand for tickets which we’ve rarely seen before.
“There is a priority access window for a limit- ed number of tickets which rewards past international event purchasers – who are incredibly important to us.”
According to England Hockey, a priority access system will be implemented for World Cup 2018 tickets which will go on sale “soon”.
The statement added: “This is a brilliant time for our sport and while some people have been left disappointed in this instance, it is fantastic to see such interest and we’ll do all we can to embrace this as hockey continues on an upward curve.” Subscribe to England Hockey’s ‘Tickets’ newsletter at www.englandhockey. co.uk/newsletters for event and fixture updates.
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