On Thursday 31st march 2016 night, India and West Indies will meet in the second semi-final of WT20 2016 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. It is expected that the tickets are sold out already while many people are still searching for a ticket. But now the big talking point is how the tickets were sold.
There are 33,000 seats in Wankhede Stadium. But only 4,600 tickets are allotted for the general public for the 31st March match. The other allotments of the tickets are given below including the general public.
|Total Allotted Seats in Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) – 33,000|
|Allotment places||No. of Allotted tickets|
|350 Clubs in Mumbai||7,500|
|Garware Club House||6,000|
|Maharashtra Chief Secretary||250|
According to the Firstpost report, Maharashtra Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya gets 250 free passes for this match. Yet Kshatriya denied this as he said to Firstpost over the phone, “The story is false.”
However Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, the former office-bearer of the MCA and general manager game development in BCCI, said that it is not illegal for the state chief secretary to receive free match passes. Shetty added further that according to an agreement between the state government and the MCA, every international match played at Wankhede, MCA will give 250 free passes of Garware stand to the state government.
Apart from that, MCA also distributed many free passes to several places for the international matches.
Since Wankhede was built, the stadium was run on donation due to lack of funds at MCA. Shetty said, “So every international match we had, we gave away more than 19,000 passes to the donor. Earlier the capacity of Wankhede was 38,000 but after the renewal, the capacity was restricted to 33,000 seats.”
The general cricket fans, who are eagerly waiting to watch the match in the stadium, are deprived of earning a ticket even after paying the amount.
A fan said at Wankhede Stadium, “We are four and we follow the Indian team everywhere. But we have only three tickets and we’re looking for one more so that none of us miss the match.”