TUESDAY’S T20 domestic match between South Western Districts and the Northerns Titans will be the first one hosted in South Africa to be open to the public post the Covid-19 pandemic.
Given it’s mid-week in October at 10am, it’s doubtful that 2,000 people will charge to Kimberley’s Diamond Oval gates, but it’s an important first step that will hopefully motivate vaccine hesitant South Africans to get a jab (or two).
South African cricket follows in the footsteps of SA football which welcomed fans back to Soccer City last week, for the national men’s team’s World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia. As was the case in Nasrec, there’ll be strict protocols in place for those wanting to attend the play-offs of the CSA T20 Provincial Knock Out competition in Kimberley this week.
There’ll be an ‘outer ring’ around the ground, before the turnstiles where spectators’ vaccination status will be checked. Attendees need to provide proof of vaccination, either with the original vaccine card, a print out of the government’s vaccine certificate or a digital version thereof.
Tickets for the matches cost R50, and must be purchased online. “We want fans to come and experience the new look stadium experience and we remind fans that tickets will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis.