Feroz Shah Kotla to continue hosting IPL games

Feroz Shah Kotla to continue hosting IPL games

The DDCA faced a situation similar to that of the TNCA when Chennai was forced to surrender its six home matches to Pune due to political tensions

Virender Sehwag in the Feroze Shah Kotla
Virender Sehwag gets a gate named after him at Feroz Shah Kotla. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian Premier League is considered to be the biggest festival in India. A tournament of such magnitude requires a lot of planning and a lot of things are to be considered while choosing the venues to host the matches. Things like water issues and security concerns sometimes force the matches to be moved out of the venues.

The IPL 11 is still in its early stages but we have already witnessed quite a few thrilling finishes. However, there have been quite a few other issues that have impacted the tournament already, the most important one being the injury to key players and shifting of matches.

Due to political tensions in Chennai, matches have been shifted to Pune while the playoff games were removed from Pune due to water issues. Reports had emerged stating that the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium may also lose its home games due to a 1996 case regarding the safety of the old Club House which has a seating capacity of 2000 apart from the media enclosure.

Sigh of relief

Delhi fans can now breathe easy as the DDCA administrator had declared that the Kotla will continue to host IPL matches. The DDCA had been managing the clubhouse problem by getting temporary safety clearances every season.  For the matches, beginning here on April 23, there will be no spectators at the old Club House.

“We will have a skeletal presence in the enclosure. We have decided to give access to only the broadcasters since the camera positions and view for the commentators are important. The media, numbering 65 accredited journalists, would have to be accommodated at another spot but we shall find a way,” Justice Sen was quoted as saying by sportstarlive.com.

Though the news is a welcoming one for the fans, it may not go well with GMR group as they will suffer big losses because they cannot sell 2000 prime location seats.  “I know we are going to suffer financial losses because we can’t sell 2000 prime-location seats. In addition, we have to adjust the media in another spot. But we will take the losses in our stride because the fans matter to us,” said Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua.

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