by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Fully vaccinated fans and patrons of the Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) will soon be able to purchase tickets for the highly anticipated event slated for late August 2021 in St. Kitts and Nevis at the Warner Park Stadium.
Mr. Chris Watson, Head of Marketing for CPL made that disclosure during an interview on WINN’s popular weekday talk show “Voices” on Friday, July 16, 2021.
“We are working with the St. Kitts-Nevis government to narrow down the final ticketing process and we’ll be announcing that in the coming days or weeks. We’ve got a robust plan that we are working on at the moment. We are just validating a couple of options and ways of doing it whether that’s at the point of purchase, checking against a database or there being some sort of potential proof of vaccination that people show as they come to the gates.
We will have a very clear and robust process that we will communicate widely over the next few weeks that will explain to people exactly when we’re going to sell tickets, when we’re going to check people’s vaccine certification.”
Mr.Watson stressed that CPL “doesn’t want to add any unnecessary additional layers. We want the process of coming into the games to be as seamless as possible but also feel safe.”
CPL will be held in St.Kitts and Nevis from August 26 to September 15, 2021. Close to 300 people comprising players and support staff will be tested for COVID-19 before, during and after their stay in the Federation.
Mr. Watson said he is hopeful that with the reduced quarantine period for fully vaccinated travelers, the fans and patrons of CPL would journey to St. Kitts to witness the event.
“We’re hopeful that the number of people coming into St. Kitts is not limited by the cohort [CPL players and staff members]. We’re hopeful that we will stimulate people coming from other islands and fans coming in and the economic benefit of that will be really strong.”
People attending CPL should expect strict COVID-19 control and prevention measures such as the wearing of face masks, temperature checks and hand sanitizing stations. The 2020 CPL, which saw hosts Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) complete an unprecedented 100 percent record at the games, was staged at two venues – Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair and Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad.
The six CPL teams (TKR, hosts St Kitts/Nevis Patriots, Barbados Tridents, Jamaica Tallawahs, Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Zouks) will be utilising six practice facilities on the island, to avoid wear and tear at Warner Park, during the four-week-long competition.