ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board wishes to thank the near 130,000 spectators that helped to generate the fun-filled atmosphere during the just-concluded Test series between West Indies and England.
The three-Test series averaged around 10,000 spectators a day with the first day of the final Test in Barbados attracting the largest attendance of just over 12,000.
WICB Commercial Manager Nelecia Yeates said it was testament to the WICB’s efforts at promoting the Series.
“We want to thank the fans for the way in which they came out in their numbers to support the two teams,” she said.
“What we witnessed were three intriguing matches of cricket between West Indies and England. We saw some amazing play on the field and the crowds came out to support their teams and added further excitement.”
Yeates added: “It was one of the best attended series that we have had in recent years and we are sure that everyone who came to the matches had a good time with supporters of both teams having something about which to cheer in the end.
“It was our pleasure welcoming supporters from the United Kingdom and we are hoping that they had a memorable experience both at and away from the matches, and will continue to make the Caribbean their preferred cricket destination in the future.”
Promotions included radio and television advertising in the host territories with island-wide bus tours in Antigua and Grenada in particular, as well as an Official Tour Operator programme in the United Kingdom, which allowed West Indian fans living there and England fans an opportunity to purchase tour packages and tickets ahead of the series.
Over 42,000 fans had the chance to witness the first Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua which ended in a draw before more than 51,000 packed into the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada to see England take a 1-0 lead in the series with a nine-wicket victory.
More than 35,000 got the chance to see the West Indies rebound and clinch a five-wicket victory inside three days to level the series 1-1.
“We look forward to more good and solid performances from our West Indies players and more support from the fans for the upcoming Australia Tour,” said Yeates.
“We want fans in Dominica and Jamaica to know ‘It’s On’! We want them to be there and come make a joyful noise, giving our team massive support against the Australians, as we cheer them on to another special performance.”