Ban on keychains at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium has left the fans exasperated
Officials at the Feroz Shah Kotla said the step has been taken by the Delhi Police, who are in charge of the ground’s security during the games.
Updated - Mar 31, 2019 5:02 pm
The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) started its course on March 23 and ten games have been completed so far, the last of which was hosted at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi on Saturday. The Delhi-based franchise hosted the Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders team on March 30. This was the second match hosted by the Delhi Capitals in this IPL season.
Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi team hosted their first IPL 2019 game on March 26 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, a match that the home team eventually lost to Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings. The ground with a capacity of 40,000 spectators was fully packed for both of Delhi’s home games so far. However, the spectators had one little complaint regarding the venue.
Due to increased security arrangements at the ground this year, the spectators aren’t allowed to carry any kinds of keys with them to the ground. Not even house or car keys are allowed inside the stadium. This has resulted in some unsettlement at the entry gates of the Kotla. No wonder the security had to face quite a few grumpy fans too.
People threw keychains from stands last year, says Delhi Police
According to the TOI, A Delhi Police personnel at the ground said, “In the previous years, people would throw stuff like empty bottles and placards on to the ground so we made arrangements to stop that. Then last year, a few people threw keychains. They can hurt the players which is a big concern.”
As much as the fans are excited about witnessing their favourite teams play in the marquee T20 league, the frustration at their end was inevitable. Even though the Delhi Police clarified the reasoning, it did not ease the spectators’ disappointment at the gate. Officials at the Feroz Shah Kotla said the step has been taken by the Delhi Police, who are in charge of the ground’s security during the games, to circumvent any chance of a viewer throwing something on the field of play from the stands.