The first allocation of tickets for the Final of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston has now sold out just over a week after going on general sale.
Following the first allocation sell-out of tickets for the tournament group game between bitter rivals India and Pakistan in just three hours, cricket fans snapped up tickets for the final on Sunday June 23 – with hospitality now the only currently available way to secure entry.
The Post previously reported that the event will bring a boost of more than £12 million to the West Midlands economy.
Steve Elworthy, ICC Champions trophy tournament director, said: "This is the first time that we’ve held a final of a major international cricket tournament outside of London, and the response that we’ve received from fans has been fantastic. Tickets for the remaining games at Edgbaston, The Oval and Cardiff Wales Stadium are also selling quickly, so I urge fans to look to secure tickets as soon as possible."
Whilst the first allocations for India v Pakistan and the Final have sold out already, any remaining tickets that become available will likely go on-sale in the Spring of 2013.
Colin Povey, chief executive of Edgbaston, said: "The ICC Champions Trophy is one of the biggest sporting tournaments to take place in the world in 2013, so it’s not surprising to see such a high demand for these tickets."
Matches at Edgbaston in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy include England v Australia, Pakistan v South Africa, and Australia v New Zealand.