That was how avid cricket fans said they felt as they stood in line from as early as 8:30 a.m. today to purchase tickets for the highly anticipated West Indies/England series which starts on Wednesday, January 23.
The frustrated members told Barbados TODAY they were waiting in line for over two hours and they believed that since Barbados was holding a West Indies versus England tour match that they would have more persons on staff to sell tickets.
“I was here from 10: 30 and it should be a well-oiled machine but it definitely is not a well-oiled machine. This is an England tour, so they would know that there would be interest there and they would be a lot of persons out here. So, they should put things in place to ensure that the line moves at a good pace. Not everyone is fortunate like me that can come here and stand up a whole day in a line waiting to buy a ticket. Other persons may have taken time from work to come here. This is not good enough!” the man who wished to be unidentified said.
When Barbados TODAY visited just after 11 a.m. members of the Royal Barbados Police Force were trying to manage the line which was getting out of control. Barbados TODAY attempted to speak to the cashiers but they declined to comment.
However, another person standing in the line who also preferred anonymity said he believed the ticketing system should be taken from the management of Kensington Oval and given to private contractors.
He was supported by another bystander who said that unlike some of the other persons he came and found his friends in the line and proceeded to the back of the line.
“But as I stand here, I realize a lot of people come and shout them friends and remain in the line and some come from all different angles and stand up. Yes, I am an avid cricket fan and that is a hard question. I would like them to win but I cannot tell you that they can win,” he said.
Another female cricket fan said she was frustrated with the length of time she was standing in the line and questioned if officials at Kensington Oval understood the volume of persons that would be coming to purchase their tickets on the first day of being made available to the public.
Another elderly man who wished to be unidentified said that he was standing in line for tickets as early as 9:30 and was told that senior citizens would be given their complimentary tickets first. However at 1 p.m when Barbados TODAY was leaving the facility the gentlemen was still in the line.
David Kingland who was one of the few persons to exit the facility after obtaining his ticket at 12: 30 p.m. Kingland who is from the UK said he arrived at Kensington Oval at 8: 30 a.m and was standing in the line for over three hours before he received his tickets.
“I have been here since 8:30 this morning. They did not open the door until 9: 20 and then you were getting people jumping in the cue, moving along the line saying hello to people and then staying there. Other people were coming in, ex-policemen, an ex-Minister and they were [going straight] in. They were passing their identification cards to other people. They were people going in with five ID Cards. They had a big row in front of a policewoman. They should have been police on the outside and the area should have been cordoned off to maintain order,” he told Barbados TODAY, adding that after his long wait he was not able to obtain tickets for the One Day International which starts on January 21st, 2019.
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