Chepauk stadium’s restricted stands set to reopen for IPL 2020
Chepauk stadium's stands were closed since 2011.
Updated - Feb 9, 2020 1:13 pm
M.A Chidambaram is one of the oldest stadiums in India that has hosted several international and IPL games in the past. But, it was hit with a legal notice due to which its three stands have been kept close since last eight to nine years. However, there is good news for the fans that the stadium will be ready ahead of the upcoming IPL 2020.
TNCA had to close the three stands I, J and K for the fans due to which M.A Chidambaram stadium lost several opportunities to host international games. In the last nine years, the stands were opened only for a game between India and Pakistan. But after that, the gates were permanently closed without taking exception games into the account. The city corporation closed them as they felt that there is very less space between the stands and Madras Cricket Club.
Good news for Chennai Super Kings fans
In the previous month, there was a general meeting held in which the decision was made to demolish the gym in the stadium as it is not a heritage property. It was done keeping the fact in mind that there is very less time left in the commencement of the Indian Premier League 2020.
Now, the MCC President, R. Ramesh has said that the work to demolish the gymnasium will get completed in the next four to five days. And, after that Tamil Nadu Cricket Association will seek permission from Chennai Corporation and the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority in order to get the clearance for the three restricted stands.
However, the provisions have been made to reconstruct a new gymnasium but at a new place in the yards of the stadium. This is just one step forward to reopen the I, J and K stand for the IPL 2020. Recently, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association had got the custody after the renewal of the lease agreement with the state government.
The cash-rich T20 tournament is scheduled to begin from 29th of March with the inaugural match being played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium.