The Club’s new ticket scanning technology has revealed that approximately 30% of all pre-booked seats claimed by Members and season ticket holders on Days One, Three and Four against Northamptonshire went unused.
If these figures are replicated for our upcoming Vitality Blast home matches, not only will this prevent at least 1,300 Kent Cricket supporters being able to watch the Spitfires live at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, but the Club will miss out on almost £50,000 of ticket revenue.
We urge any Members that have booked Vitality Blast tickets and do not intend to use them to contact the Club as soon as possible, so that they may be made available to their fellow supporters.
Members can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with details of their Name, Invicta Number and the match that they do not wish to attend.
More generally, the Club would like to thank those Members and season ticket holders that did attend days of cricket this week for their support and for respecting the COVID-19 protocols the Club has in place.
A further review of the current venue operational plans including ground capacity will take place prior to finalising plans for the forthcoming Vitality Blast matches against Hampshire Hawks, Middlesex and Gloucestershire this week.
In the meantime, with the ballot process for Priority Groups 1-3 finishing over the weekend, those supporters in Priority Group 4 will have an opportunity for buy tickets online from 17:00 tomorrow. Members and season ticket holders will also be able to purchase tickets for non-members, family and friends from the same time.
Chief Executive, Simon Storey, said: “It has taken a huge team effort to enable us to open the gates for crowds to return in safety.
“The arrangements we have had to put in place – including a new ticket system, pre-allocated seating, cashless payments, zoning and car parking – have been challenging, but it has been great to welcome so many familiar faces back to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.
“The vast majority of members and supporters have been extremely understanding and we need to ask everyone to continue to respect the guidelines and social distancing measures in place. We also are relying on Members and season ticket holders to use the seats they have been allocated or let us know well in advance if they cannot attend.
“There is an enormous amount of work going on behind the scenes to ensure that as many supporters as possible can safely watch the Kent Spitfires in action. We are continuing to work hard to increase capacity up to the maximum allowable under current restrictions of 25% or 1,500 for the start of our Vitality Blast campaign. As and when additional tickets become available, we will announce this on our website and in social media.
“In the meantime, we are all looking forward to the tournament’s opening on Wednesday. We will continue to work tirelessly to put everything in place to ensure that we comply with the COVID-19 guidelines and ensure that as many Members, season ticket holders and supporters have had an opportunity to watch Kent Cricket in action this Summer. ”