IPL 2022: Fans Set To Be Allowed Into The Stadiums For The 15th Edition Of The IPL

Updated - 23 Mar 2022, 01:25 PM

Tata IPL Trophy, IPL 2022
Tata IPL Trophy. (Photo: BCCI)

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will see the return of the fans to the stadiums, the official website of the league confirmed on Wednesday, just four days away from the start of the tournament.

The first match will be played between previous years’ finalists, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on March 26, Saturday. Fortunately for the cricketing fraternity, they can enter the stadiums now that the pandemic has receded.

Earlier in the month, the BCCI had allowed the fans for the day-night Test at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Upon tasting success in that venture, it became more feasible to allow the crowds for the IPL as well.

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Wankhede Stadium (Photo Source: Twitter)

This match will be a momentous occasion as the 15th edition of the IPL will welcome the fans back to the stadiums after a brief hiatus owing to the pandemic. Ardent cricket fans are all set to witness nail-biting matches, cheering for their favourite players at the most anticipated cricket tournament of all time,” the official statement from the IPL read.

Audience occupancy rate of 25% as per covid-19 protocols for IPL 2022

The protocols will be strictly followed to avoid the fiasco that happened in the first phase of IPL 2021. A few cricketers ended up contracting the virus which ended up causing an outbreak and the eventual postponement of the league.

MCA Cricket Stadium in Pune
MCA Cricket Stadium in Pune (Image Credit: Twitter)

The matches will be played across stadiums in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai & Pune with an audience occupancy rate of 25% as per COVID-19 protocols. In all, 20 matches each will be held at Wankhede Stadium & DY Patil Stadium, 15 matches each at Brabourne and MCA International Stadium, Pune,” it further said.

If everything goes according to the plan, the league will start on March 26 and end on May 29. 74 matches will be played and the venues for the knockout stages will be confirmed soon.

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