Even as the hype and hoopla surrounding the much-anticipated Indo-Pak World Cup match in Ahmedabad has gripped cricket fans across the country, demand for tickets to the match venue has also soared.
However, those buying tickets online from the designated BookMyShow app were left disappointed when the server of the app buckled under pressure of the rush on Tuesday evening and bookings could not be made.
On Tuesday, at 6 pm, BookMyShow opened its virtual gates exclusively for MasterCard holders, offering them the golden opportunity to grab seats for the historic clash. However, the rush that followed ended up choking the system and what was meant to be a seamless ticketing experience turned into a test of patience and determination.
The wait time that started with six minutes, ended up in six hours. Many had to leave the virtual queue and resign to the possibility of having another try on September 3 when the app opens the next round of bookings. Many of these disgruntled cricket buffs vented their ire on social media platforms, posting screenshots of the glitch.
While ticket prices for other matches start at a modest Rs 750, the India-Pakistan match demands a higher starting price of Rs 2,000, soaring to a premium of Rs 20,000 per ticket. Several groups of youngsters complained they had gathered to book tickets with much hope and joy, but the server’s sudden collapse forced them into endless waiting that virtually left them exhausted and jaded.
A group of boys in Ahmedabad, said, “ We placed our request for tickets, but the website crashed within moments of opening, such was the frenzy. We received a message indicating a six-minute wait, so I held on hoping for the best. However, as hours ticked by, the tickets remained elusive. Frustrated, we finally closed the app after being stuck in the waiting loop for over six hours and still getting nowhere.”
Others said they were hoping that BookMyShow would manage their show well this time and September 3 should be a lucky day for them.
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