Cricket fans have been left fuming over long lines and bizarre scenes one fan labelled the “Worst game day experience at a live sporting event bar none” at the first T20 International between Australia and the West Indies.
Played at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast, the fans were treated to a thrilling match which saw Australia limp across the line by three wickets on the back of two dropped catches in the final over, as well as a shot which Adam Gilchrist called one of the best shots in history.
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But the small crowd at the stadium were left fuming over long lines at concessions as the entire crowd was forced into one section of the stadium.
Although not an uncommon occurrence when a small crowd is expected at a big stadium, fans took to social media to slam the scenes, pointing to long lines leading to the one bar and two food stalls open for the crowd believed to be about 5000-strong. Metricon Stadium is a 25,000-seat venue.
Nine News Gold Coast reporter Mackenzie Colahan tweeted it was the “Worst game day experience at a live sporting event bar none for the cricket tonight @MetriconStadium. Most of the stadium is closed. One bar and two food stalls for the entire crowd. The line for a beer is an hour long. What a farce.”
Colahan was far from alone as attendees and fans watching at home all slammed the bizarre scenes which saw some big shots from West Indies stars land in empty seats.
It was worrying for some ahead of the T20 Cricket World Cup starting in 10 days.
The Age’s chief cricket writer Daniel Brettig posted: “Not sure how the logistics of the stadium work on the Gold Coast but not giving anyone the option of sitting behind the wicket seems a bit less than ideal”.
SBS News’ Naveen Razik commented: “Remember when the start of a summer of cricket was exciting? Somehow the sport, schedule, and broadcasts have become sterile and flavourless – no longer the exotic international sport full of character of my youth.”
Cricket writer Adam Collins replied: “was tagged into another thread that showed all of the crowd (5000 odd) popped into one packed section with the rest of the ground empty. I suppose that’d be a cost-saving thing?”
He also suggested: “school night in early October a tough sell?” as a possible reason for the low attendance.
Another fan raged: “Absolute joke with the seating, food and drinks @ Metricon tonight for the cricket … not many ppl here but have packed everyone in to a few bays & limited food & drink open.”