Wankhede witnesses jaw dropping low turnout

Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 38, 000 spectators, witnessed it’s lowest-ever crowd turnout on Sunday for the fourth One-Day International between India and England, with only 17, 500 attending the match.

The ongoing ODI series has seen poor crowd turnouts at all the previous venues – Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mohali and now Mumbai.

MCA joint-secretary Nitin Dalal is of the opinion that the absence of big stars such as Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag led to poor crowd turnout.

The marketing committee of the MCA priced tickets at Rs 1,000, but still, there was poor turnout on Sunday. During the World Cup, the starting price for a ticket was Rs. 500.

“This is the lowest turnout for a one-dayer at the Wankhede. When the MCA’s marketing committee decided on the rates a month ago, we expected more star players to feature in this game. There is no Sachin Tendulkar and no Virender Sehwag and as India has already won the series, I guess most of the fans preferred to watch the game on television,” Dalal said.

 “The MCA has to pay entertainment tax. For example, Rs 400 goes towards tax on a Rs 2,000 ticket,” Dalal said. 

He further added “This has been learning experience for us. We will try our best to keep ticket prices as low as possible. Hopefully, the next time we host a game there will be a bigger turnout,”

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