The JSCA International Stadium Complex in Dhurwa, Ranchi
Sports buffs, you can ignore the rupee roller coaster. World-class cricket is here to knock currency slump for six.
Unlike the IPL extravaganza in May, the Champions League T20 won’t burn a hole in your pocket, with ticket prices being slashed by more than 50 per cent for the abridged format of the tourney to be played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Dhurwa, Ranchi, later this month.
If cheap ticket is the pudding, M.S. Dhoni — leading his Chennai Super Kings in two of the five league matches allotted to the state capital — is indeed the cherry for hundreds and thousands of fans who the downturn had worried so far.
JSCA vice-president (districts) spokesperson Manoj Kumar confirmed the new rates. “Lower gallery tickets have been priced at Rs 300, while upper gallery entry will cost Rs 500 per individual. People can also book special lounges and corporate box seats, which include hospitality services, for Rs 4,000 per person,” he said.
During IPL, the gallery rates were Rs 700 and Rs 1,500. Also, available were Rs 2,000 tickets for special sections.
The JSCA stadium has a capacity of 40,000. Kumar said around 29,000 tickets will be up for sale, while the rest would include VIP/VVIPs and hospitality passes.
Entertainment ticket booking service BookMyShow, handpicked after a meeting last Friday, will control both online and offline sales. The date of opening the ticket window will be known in a day or two.
Further elaborating on the rates, Kumar said: “If some company wants to book a corporate box, it will have to buy every seat for Rs 4,000. The replacement of the Rs 2,000 category is yet to be decided, but it will be anywhere between Rs 500 and Rs 4,000.”
To stem unscrupulous business in the name of cricket and offer seat guarantee to genuine enthusiasts of the game, the JSCA has already secured every ticket with quadruple code. “This is the first time we are trying out this four-tier security,” said Kumar.
Of the five CL T20 matches to be played in Dhurwa, two will see Dhoni’s boys pitted against Titans (South Africa) and Brisbane Heat (Australia) on September 22 and 28, respectively. Chennai Super Kings will play another match on September 26, but the rival team will be decided after the four-day qualifier ends on September 20.
The fourth match will be played by Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies) against Brisbane Heat on September 22. The fifth tie is scheduled on September 28 between Titans and a qualifying team.