Arun Jaitley Stadium In Delhi, to undergo major renovation ahead of Cricket World Cup 2023
The Arun Jaitley Stadium, which will host the first match of the Cricket World Cup between South Africa and Sri Lanka on October 7, 2023, is planned to undergo a comprehensive renovation.
As the exciting cricket World Cup in India approaches, the 35,000-seat Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in the heart of Delhi is receiving extensive renovations.
Major repairs include replacing chairs, repairing 53 bathrooms, repainting the entire stadium, and much more.
Rajan Manchanda, Joint Secretary, DDCA, elaborated, saying, "All of these facilities will be good for the next ten years." Infrastructure improvements will not be required. BCCI is quite helpful and provides us with whatever we require at any given time.
In reality, BCCI secretary Jay Shah is actively involved in the stadium's refurbishment and receives daily briefings."
The DDCA, in partnership with the BCCI, is taking a unique and essential step by offering free water to all fans.
"Yes, we want all spectators to have a hassle-free experience, and for the first time, we are providing free water to all to improve their viewing experience." We want the stadium to be full, and we're doing everything we can to make that happen. "Free water is the first step," Rajan Manchanda stated.
The stadium's whole ticketing turnstile system, air conditioning plant, family lounge, and VIP section will also be overhauled. The DDCA has set a deadline of September 20th to complete all stadium modifications and be ready for another inspection by the ICC in the interim, just before the World Cup.
Interestingly, the DDCA is planning to propose to ticketing partner Book My Show the creation of a separate ticket counter for non-Indian ethnicities, stating, "Yes, a lot of Afghanis live in Lajpat Nagar and other nationalities, so we will request that Book My Show have a separate counter for them as it could be easier for them to buy tickets."
The DDCA is likely to spend Rs 60 crore on stadium renovations in cooperation with the Indian Cricket Board. The inaugural World Cup match will be contested on October 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad between defending champions England and runners-up New Zealand.