Kings Park ‘unlikely’ to be sold out

The Currie Cup final will not be sold out by Saturday.

There were mixed reactions after the Sharks announced their ticket prices for this weekend’s Currie Cup final against WP. Adults tickets are priced at R350 each, while scholar bench spots cost R170 each. These were the same amounts used for the 2010 Currie Cup final, which had a 54 000-strong crowd.

Durban locals willing to spend R350 a ticket for the Currie Cup final

An adult ticket for the semi-final against the Blue Bulls last weekend was priced at R150, while a domestic league game ticket cost R60.

Locals have complained about the price increase for Saturday’s showdown on the Sharks’ official Facebook page.

One follower commented: ‘@ R1040 for my fam, just a tad to much, will be supporting from home!!!’, while another posted: ‘Ticket prices are unaffordable!! My son was invited to run onto the field with would have been amazing for him…I could not motivate R1040.00 for my family for a 2 hour night!!!!! At this rate no-one will be supporting live games!!!! How sad to end such a legacy in Durban!’

Other fans have been more optimistic and locals have lined up at the Sharks’ ticket offices.

One supporter told ‘This is the Currie Cup final. It’s one of the most treasured matches of the season. It’s a pity some people can’t afford it, but fans should still show up for the game. I’ve bought mine on Tuesday and I was told that most of the good seats were taken.’

When asked about the poor attendances at the Kings Park during the Currie Cup, he answered: ‘I think the crowd attendances all over the country have been poor. The rain in Durban in recent months have also kept the fans from showing up at the stadium.’

Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl told The Mercury on Tuesday that he expects a sell-out crowd this weekend.

However, the ticket sales have been slow. It was reported that 13 136 tickets were made available on Monday, but only 2093 were sold.

An official at the Sharks ticket offices told this site: ‘It doesn’t look like we’ll be sold out this weekend. We haven’t sold that many tickets. Our offices will still be open on Saturday.’

By Gareth Duncan, in Durban