Cape Town - The attendance figure of the New Year's Test between South
Africa and Pakistan at Newlands is already in excess of 48 000 as tickets are selling
at a rollicking rate.
The latest figures show that
close to 15 000 patrons will move through the turnstiles on Day 1 of the second Test between South Africa and Pakistan, whilst the provisional
attendance figure for Friday is just under 11 000, while close to 12 000
spectators are expected to attend on Saturday, January 5.
The provisional attendance
figure for the last two days is currently just under 12 000.
Nabeal Dean, chief executive
officer of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) said, "The correct capacity of
the ground is 20 100 spectators. That includes 3 250 spectators of the Western
Province Cricket Club and 1 880 spectators who are members of suites, which
leaves a total of 14 970 of regular seats and grass area tickets inside the stadium.
"This is an important
perspective. The figures for the second Test underlines Newlands' status as
the most popular Test venue in South Africa and the healthy cricket culture of
Clifford Dodgen, stadium and
operations manager of the Western Province Cricket Association, said he expects
the numbers of the attendance figures to swell to closer to 55 000 before the
start of the New Year's Test.
"Spectators will obviously
see how things develop on the first three days and it will have an impact on
the attendance figure on days four and five," he said.
Evan Flint, curator of Newlands, said the excessive bounce that was a factor at SuperSport Park, will
not be seen at Newlands but there will be pace on offer.
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On day four and five there
will be turn, which could benefit the spinners, Yasir Shah and Keshav Maharaj.
In 2018, the Newlands
Test between South Africa and India lasted four days, and that included a
washed out day.
In 2015/2016, South Africa responded with 627
for seven declared to England's 629 for six. England limped to 159 for six on
the fifth and final day of the Test at Newlands to settle for a draw.