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Packed house expected for Boxing Day

UPDATED 23 October, 2013 11:15AM AEST | by Cricket Australia 2

With tickets for the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Boxing Day Test at the MCG selling exceptionally well, and with very limited seats left for Day 1 of the Test, Cricket Australia and the MCC are releasing restricted view seats to give more fans a chance to be a part of the incredible Ashes atmosphere and support the Australian team.

A limited number of restricted view tickets for Day 1 of the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Boxing Day Test are on sale from 9am on 23 October 2013. It is anticipated that a further limited release of tickets will occur in early December, but fans are encouraged to buy their tickets for this CommBank Ashes Test now to avoid missing out.

The response from fans to the initial ticket release and last week’s subsequent release releases has been impressive across all days of the iconic Test, setting the scene for a fantastic crowd atmosphere throughout the match. Tickets for Days 2, 3, and 4 are selling fast but there is still some great seats available, fans should pre-purchase their seats now to avoid any disappointment.

Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager Operations, Mike McKenna, said the release of restricted view seats for Day 1 gives even more fans a chance to witness the action.

“Fans around Australia are getting excited for The Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series, and this is evident from the great demand for tickets for the iconic Boxing Day Test. The release of Day 1 restricted view seats for sale means even more people can be at the MCG to watch the action between Australia and England,” Mr McKenna said.

“As well as the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Boxing Day Test, Melbourne fans can snap up tickets for the Carlton Mid One Day International Series and KFC T20 INTL Series matches, so there are plenty of chances to watch Australia take on England.”

The Carlton Mid One Day International Series, which starts at the MCG on Sunday, 12 January 2014, will bring back Summer’s Biggest Dress Up Party and also mark the start of preparations for the Australian team as it gets ready to host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup the following summer. The KFC T20 INTL matches, including the Friday 31 January 2014 MCG match, could see an influx of young families in the stands as the new Bring the Kids For Free* incentive is launched.

In addition to the general public tickets, approximately 1,000 visitor tickets remain available to Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) members to purchase for guests to Day 1 of the Test.  There is a limit of one visitor ticket per member. In addition, around 1,500 reserved seats on the top and bottom levels of the MCC Members Reserve are also available for purchase at Ticketek or in person at the club. More information about these seats can be found at

Cricket Australia is continuing its strong stance against scalping and is going to extra lengths to identify where tickets are being sold by scalpers. These tickets are being cancelled and anyone holding a ticket bought by a scalper whose tickets have been cancelled will be refused entry at the admission gates. Fans are advised to only purchase tickets from the MCG’s authorised ticketing agency, Ticketek.

Cricket fans who are eager to secure tickets to Day 1 of the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Boxing Day Test are reminded that the Cricket Australia Travel Office has a limited number of packages available which include accommodation, great tickets and more. More information can be found at

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Day 1

Limited release of restricted view seating


Day 2 -4

Good seats still remain


**As at 5.00pm Tuesday 22 October 2013

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 23 October, 2013 11:09AM AEST

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