The Indian Premier League has been a revelation in franchise cricket. It has given the blueprint for many countries and leagues to follow. Fan Parks first began in 2015 and had provided millions of fans with the chance to experience the game on big screen.
The BCCI had decided to make it even bigger this time. The fan parks officially will be in 36 cities. These cities are widespread in 19 states in India.
However, the fiercely contested games are only played in major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai.
However, BCCI had come up with the idea of fan parks to propagate IPL cricket across the country. These fan parks were available in smaller cities. They had helped the league get more appeal among the masses.
BCCI’s Anant Datar confirmed that “In Gujarat, Rajkot, Surat, and Nadiad are three cities selected to have IPL Fan Parks,” he said.
“BCCI’s main objective is to reach out to fans and cover maximum regions. We have selected only those cities which are not hosting IPL matches so that people of these cities can experience stadium-like excitement,” Datar added.
April 7 and 8 Fan Parks List Announced
The league this season will begin on April 7 when Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium. However, the fan parks for the first two days of IPL are available in Raipur, Bhopal, Rajkot, and Tirunelveli.
“The number may go up even further next year,” Datar said. “DNA Entertainment Networks Pvt Ltd has been officially contracted and authorized by the BCCI to plan, produce and execute IPL Fan Park this year in 36 cities across India on all weekends,” he stated.
The BCCI are planning to make fan parks even grander in the coming seasons. The idea had definitely helped BCCI penetrate to a new audience over the course of last three seasons.
“This would be a novel experience for people of Rajkot as the city had witnessed ten IPL matches during 2016 and 2017. This time, however, no IPL matches have been allotted to Rajkot but fans can get stadium-like excitement by visiting these fan parks,” Shah said.
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