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Gould highlights growth of Blast

Published: 11th October, 2019

Having sold out six of this year’s seven home matches in the Vitality Blast and seen growth around the country, Surrey Chief Executive Richard Gould believes T20 cricket has reached a ‘tipping point’ in England.

Surrey sold more general admission tickets than ever before in 2019, approximately 108,000, and saw its Xbox Family Zone sold out for the competition before the first match had even been played.

While Gould is delighted with where Surrey’s ticket sales are currently positioned, he also praised the work of other counties in bringing it to this point.

Speaking in a long interview with journalist Adam Collins, he said: “I think the non-Test match grounds have taken the lead on T20 in the first 10-12 years of its iteration because the Test match grounds have always had to focus on selling international tickets because that’s how they pay their mortgages effectively. The quicker we can sell out our international matches, the sooner we can move on to the Blast.

“Whilst we’ve probably been ahead of the curve for Test match grounds it’s been great to see the success that we’ve seen now occurring elsewhere. Every game at Lord’s is sold out and Nottinghamshire have averaged over 12,000 this year; same for Old Trafford. I think it’s a tipping point that we’ve reached for the Blast and I don’t see that reversing, I certainly hope it doesn’t reverse. Also, we’ve had the benefit of an amazing summer of cricket and I’m sure that has helped.”

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