The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is all set to start in Mumbai on Saturday, the match will be witnessed by 25 percent crowd attendance in stadiums, the organizers said on Wednesday.
On Saturday, the lucrative league gets underway at the Wankhede Stadium with guarding winner Chennai Super Kings taking on Kolkata Knight Riders.
An IPL release stated, “This match will be a momentous occasion as the 15th edition of the IPL will welcome fans back to the stadiums after a brief hiatus owing to the pandemic.”
They added, “The matches will be played across stadiums in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai & Pune with an audience occupancy rate of 25% as per COVID-19 protocols.”
With the obtainment of two new teams — Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans — this time, the IPL will have 74 matches, with 70 of them being played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and Brabourne Stadium alongside Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil ground and MCA International Stadium in Pune.
This time, 20 games will be played at Wankhede and DY Patil, while 15 games will be hosted at Brabourne and MCA International Stadium, Pune.
The IPL yields to India after about a year. In 2021, the league was played after finishing entries across a few outlets in India but was stopped mid-way in May after considerable COVID-19 cases were noted in its bio-bubbles. The staying matches were then played in the UAE in September-October.
The 2020 edition was played in the UAE.
The tickets for the league stage will go on sale from Wednesday and can be bought from the league’s official website www.iplt20.com or www.BookMyShow.com.