Out-of-state visitors set to converge for T20 World Cup in Adelaide
With the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup officially kicking off in Australia this Sunday, South Australia is getting ready for an influx of visitors from out-of-state who are coming to see the world’s best cricketing superstars take to Adelaide Oval.
It will be the first time South Australia hosts the global event and organisers are expecting more than 40 per cent of the ticketholders to be from interstate and overseas – a huge boost for the local tourism sector.
Adelaide Oval will welcome seven of the 10 highest ranked T20 teams next month, kicking off with six Super 12 double-header pool matches on 2, 4 and 6 November, ahead of a semi-final on Thursday 10 November – with expected attendances totalling around 100,000 fans.
The fixture includes newly crowned ICC Men’s T20 world champions Australia, along with the runners-up New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.
The first time Australia will play in Adelaide will be against Rashid Khan’s Afghanistan outfit on Friday 4 November – with the popular Striker set to light up the ground.
As the biggest global sporting event to be held in Australia in 2022, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be broadcast to an expected audience of millions worldwide.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup begins on Sunday 16 October with 45 matches taking place in seven host cities around the country, with the first Adelaide match on 2 November.
The event is supported by the State Government, through the South Australian Tourism Commission.
Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said it is terrific news that South Australia is set for an influx of interstate and overseas visitors when the ICC T20 World Cup comes to Adelaide next month.
"With our iconic Adelaide Oval hosting such a strong fixture including seven of the 10 highest ranked T20 teams, it’s no wonder our state is ‘hitting sixes’ with nearly half of ticket sales so far from out-of-state ticket," she said.
"Events like these are so important for driving tourism and expenditure, and as the nation’s biggest global sporting event to be held this year, it will mean millions around the world will have their eyes on South Australia.
"With just one month to go, the countdown is on."
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 chief executive officer Michelle Enright said the ICC Men's T20 World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events on the planet by the number of people around the world that tune in.
"It's an exciting opportunity with our borders open to showcase Australia and its world-class venues across four weeks of incredible cricket," she said.
"We saw both at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015 and in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020, the power of major events to unite people and communities through sport and we can’t wait to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together for a celebration of cricket, culture and entertainment."