The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League, due to start in Mumbai on Saturday, will see 25% attendance in stadiums, organizers said on Wednesday.
The lucrative league kicks off at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Kolkata Knight Riders.
“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 due to the pandemic,” an IPL statement said.
“The matches will be played at stadiums in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune with an audience occupancy rate of 25% in line with COVID-19 protocols,” the statement added.
With the addition of two new teams – Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans – the IPL will have 74 matches this season, including 70 at Wankhede Stadium and Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, as well as Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Ground and Stadium. International MCA. in Pune.
Up to 20 matches each will take place in Wankhede and DY Patil, while 15 each will be staged in Brabourne and the MCA International Stadium in Pune.
The IPL returns to India after about a year. In 2021, the league was played behind closed doors at a few venues in India but was suspended midway through May after several cases of COVID-19 were reported in its bio-bubble. The remaining matches were then played in the United Arab Emirates in September–October.
The 2020 edition of the league was also played in the United Arab Emirates.
Tickets for the league stage will go on sale from Wednesday and can be purchased through the league’s official website www.iplt20.com. or at www.BookMyShow.com.
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