Indian Premier League (IPL) capacity restrictions are to be eased from this week with even greater numbers likely to be allowed from later this month.
The BBCI, Indian cricket’s governing body, is to allow an increase in stadium occupancy to 50% from this Wednesday (April 6) according to ticket vendor BookMyShow, and reports suggest that could be raised to 70% from April 20 with the COVID situation easing across the country.
The Maharashtra government had initially allowed 25% crowds at all the four venues – Wankhede stadium, Brabourne stadium in Mumbai, DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai and Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Gahunje in Pune.
Tickets for the second phase of matches, which begin on Wednesday, went on sale on Friday. BookMyShow, which handles ticket sales, gate entry and venue management, claims there has been considerable enthusiasm for tickets with the Indian public not able to attend games due to the pandemic.
BookMyShow said: “With tickets sales shooting off the charts with matches getting lapped up almost as soon as they list on BookMyShow, Tata IPL 2022 has clearly set the tone for large-format on-ground sporting events that has brought back audiences to watch their favourite games live at the stadia, once again.
Commenting on the next phase of ticket sales going live, Anil Makhija, chief operating officer (live entertainment & venues at BookMyShow, said: “Staying true to the massive excitement that Indians resonate with every Indian Premier League season, Tata IPL 2022 has been no different. In fact, after a two-year hiatus, the return of Tata IPL to Indian stadia has been a massive crowd-puller, with fans cheering out loud for their favourite players and teams, experiencing the thrill of this mega spectacle on-ground like they have always done.
“We welcome the move to increase audience occupancy which will allow more fans the opportunity to return to the stadium and be a part of India’s most loved sporting extravaganza live.”