Fan parks will be created for upcoming PSL 5, reveals Pakistan Cricket Board
Pakistan Cricket Board has floated tenders for the commercial partnership rights for the creation of ‘fan parks'.
The Pakistan Super League season 5 will be held entirely in Pakistan for the very first time and is scheduled to take place from 20 February 2020 to 22 March 2020. The quiet popular league has been dealing with some issues when the tournament was held in the UAE, with fewer numbers of viewers coming in the ground to witness the matches.
However, when the board experimented by holding some matches in the country itself, the viewership jumped up exponentially and PCB is trying to make the upcoming season a whole new looking experience this time around. Given that the 34 games of the league will be hosted in cities of Lahore, Karachi, Multan, and Rawalpindi, with Lahore supposed to host the opening ceremony and Karachi will host the finals.
PCB issues tenders for creation of fan parks
Pakistan Cricket Board has floated tenders for the commercial partnership rights for the creation of ‘fan parks’, which would be erected during the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5. Big screens will allow fans of all the franchises to witness the games and cheer for their favourite players with gusto.
Each of the franchises will have a fan park during the entire tournament on the lines of ICC events having fan zones during the recent ICC World Cup 2019. These zones allowed the thousands of fans who witnessed matches on the giant screens and let them enjoy the action with food and family along with them. The PCB is hopeful that fans in Pakistan would follow suit.
A franchise official claimed that the move would prove valuable for the league while bringing fans closer to the action. However, the official thought that the parks should be created in cities such as Peshawar and Quetta where fans will not be able to witness their home teams perform in their local grounds.
The fan parks have also been a staple of the Indian Premier League throughout the previous few editions. These fan parks are created in cities that do not host the matches of the IPL but enables the crowd to enjoy the matches with a fair-like environment conducive to attracting families and young fans to the game, creating a new fan base as well.