CPL – an opportunity for local vendors to make money

The Caribbean Premier League matches is said to provide an excellent opportunity for local small business people to get involved to help support the needs of the thousands of patrons who turn up to watch and be entertained by the fast-paced Twenty-20 cricket matches.

According to Val Henry of VhCommunications and a member of the coordinating committee, vendors can make significant income during the matches. He said, “Last year, in speaking with a number of those who operated bars at the CPL games, and I asked them, how are things, are you making money, and they all said yes. They had some challenges in the initial period, but at the end they were very happy in terms of the kind of sales that they got.”

Henry disclosed that vendors will be better served this year, because of several modifications “that would better facilitate the vendors in making money.” A variety of vending services are needed for various locations around the grounds, he said, particularly on the western mound and in the southern stands, where about 30 stationary vending operations can be carried on.

The Department of Sports is responsible for the vending program at the St. Kitts-Nevis hosted CPL games, and officers from the department will host a meeting Thursday, June 11, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., to provide information to all persons interested in vending during the games.

On the matter of ticket availability and costs, Henry had some good news for the general public. He said, “The prices for CPL, this year, are ridiculously low. For the western mound, which is really where a lot of people like to go… This year, it’s only twenty-seven dollars (EC$27) to go for each game. If you want more seating opportunity, the southern stands A, B, C and D, it is only three dollars more ($30).”

Tickets for the St. Kitts-Nevis hosted CPL matches are already on sale at Courts in Basseterre and Charlestown. For the first time, tickets are available for sale on Nevis, making it convenient for persons living and working on Nevis to purchase tickets early. On June 19, the Warner Park ticket office will begin operating.

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