Delhi to spend 20-25 crore to prepare for World Cup, promises pleasant experience for fans

Others were Hyderabad, Calcutta, Mumbai and Mohali, which is not among the 10 World Cup venues chosen Tuesday.

The game’s popularity in India has increased dramatically over the past 10 years, and the BCCI is making billions from broadcast rights. But fans are often left out: most stadiums in India lack basic facilities.

Rajan Manchanda, secretary of the Delhi and District Cricket Association, said that during the World Cup, they will focus on making sure that fans enjoy the game.

We thank the BCCI for giving us five games. We need to improve the stadiums infrastructure to make it enjoyable for the fans to play, and we will focus on that in the lead up to this great event.

We have planned significant infrastructure upgrades that will include replacing spectator seats, renovating restrooms, painting and changing the ticketing software, Manchanda told PTI.

Arun Jaitley Stadium seats about 35,000 spectators, and Manchanda said DDCA will replace about 10,000 seats and also change the turnstiles, which are 15 years old, to enter the stadium.

We need to provide clean restrooms, hygienic food and water at a reasonable price for our fans. There will also be an increase in the number of attendants. We plan to have all work completed by September 15, Manchanda added.

He also said that teams from BCCI and International Cricket Council will hold a meeting with the fans.

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