The Kia Oval says it has experienced record ticket sales ahead of the 2020 England Test matches, in the wake of last summer’s bumper period of cricket.
The first three days of next summer’s England Test match against the West Indies at the ground are sold out, after 44,000 fans entered the annual ballot to buy tickets, which The Kia Oval says is more than entered for the 2019 Ashes series.
More than £2m of tickets to internationals at the south London stadium were bought in the first week of sales, with £1m sold in the first hour of availability.
Charlie Hodgson, Managing Director, The Kia Oval, said: “The record-breaking demand for tickets next summer underscores the immense popularity of Test cricket in this country – and the Kia Oval’s reputation as one of the finest grounds in the world.
“After 2019 gave us one of the greatest cricketing summers anyone can remember, 2020 is sure to deliver yet more remarkable moments. As well as these Tests, the ground will stage seven huge Surrey matches in the Vitality Blast and play host to the Oval Invincibles in the opening season of The Hundred. We’re hugely looking forward to welcoming everyone to enjoy it all at The Kia Oval.”
2020 is also the 175th anniversary of the ground’s custodians, Surrey County Cricket Club, who say they will soon announce a series of special events to mark the milestone. The club has already announced that OCS Stand at the Kia Oval will be renamed the 1845 Stand for the year.