Over 42,000 guests will attend Shane Warne’s state memorial scheduled to take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground at 7pm on March 30.
Tickets were released via Ticketek on Tuesday, March 22 at 3pm, with 42,300 guests securing their place to pay their respects to the cricket legend at the memorial service.
We’ve got some details locked in for Warnie’s memorial at the MCG.
The service will begin at 7pm, 30 March.
Free tickets will be available for booking from today at 3pm, at https://t.co/qXOL7WTyrk
And don’t worry – if you can’t make it, the memorial will be livestreamed.
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) March 21, 2022
Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, announced the numbers today, March 23, revealing that there are still seats available with the cut off set at 50,000.
“That’s a really strong start. I’m sure there will be many more,” he told reporters.
“There are obviously seats still available. I’m sure Victorians will be there in massive numbers to pay tribute to a fantastic Victorian.”
Guests will be required to show proof of double vaccination upon attendance, with gates set to open at 5.30pm on Wednesday afternoon, March 30, for a 7 pm commencement.
Warne’s family has requested that guests choose to donate to The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health instead of bringing flowers.
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In a statement, The Florey Institute said they were “humbled by the request of Shane Warne’s family to make a donation to the Florey Institute in lieu of sending flowers.”
“We are also grateful for donations made by the community, which will allow us to continue our vital brain and mind research to find treatments, solutions ad ultimately to improve the lives of people who live with neurological and mental health conditions,” the Institute said.
“On behalf of the Florey’s Institute board, staff and students, we extend our thoughts and condolences to the family of our proud Australian cricket legend, Shane Warne.”
The cricketing icon passed away from a suspected heart attack, age 52, while holidaying on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand on March 4.
A private funeral was held for Warne on Sunday, March 20 with appearances from a number of other cricketing greats such as Merv Hughes, ex-captain Mark Taylor, and batter Mark Waugh as well as over 100 notable appearances.