The IPL 2023 Final ticketing procedure was poorly managed by the Indian Cricket Board, which caused a rush outside the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the site of the season finale game. The offline tickets weren’t officially announced, but individuals who purchased them online had to provide the QR code at the box office to get their physical tickets.
On May 25, Thursday, from 11 am to 6 pm, the ticket collection window was left open, which caused a mess inside the theatre. The local police were called in to help control the crowd as hundreds of people gathered outside the venue to purchase tickets. Huge crowds of fans flocked to the stadium, but many were forced to wait in the sweltering heat.
CSK await the winner of Qualifier 2 in the final of IPL 2023
Tickets cannot be physically picked up on match days, which fall on May 26 when Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians play in Qualifier 2. On May 27, the Box Office will reopen so that customers can pick up their tickets in person. The stadium can hold more than one lakh people, therefore there is a good chance that a similar spectacle may occur on Saturday as well.
Chennai defeated Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1 to secure their position in the season finale. In Qualifier 2, Titans will play Mumbai Indians, and the winner of that game will face CSK in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi stadium. Before this, MI had defeated Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator to get to the playoff round.
“There was no stampede. But it was an utter mismanagement. There were 5-6 ticket counters. But they opened only 1 today. It was horrible in that 40-degree heat. When they finally started giving out tickets, expectedly, there was a huge queue of thousands of people. So, there were a lot of pushes and 2-3 guys fell. Don’t think anyone was severely injured. But it could have turned out bad”, a spectator who went to collect tickets told InsideSport.
Following this, an Indian Cricket Board official stated, “Don’t know exactly what happened. We are keeping a tab on the situation. We are in touch with the Gujarat Cricket Association for assistance. We are in talks with the ticketing partner to see if e-ticket can be valid.”
Here’s how fans reacted:
And they wanted to host World Cup
— Huzaifa Chaudhary (@Huzaifa12916549) May 26, 2023
Horrible…. Despite the fact that everything is online, we still need to get tickets in in such a rush.
— Vipin Tiwari (@vipintiwari952) May 26, 2023
Online ticket lo.. gate pe scan karte chale jao.. offline ka jamana purana ho gya
— Abhinav singh (@Abhinav_tmk) May 26, 2023
all this to see another duck
— Chakradhar (@iamChakku) May 26, 2023
— Govind Varma (@varmagovind0507) May 26, 2023
Ban Ahmedabad as venue better held in Eden or wankhede
— Rahul (@thewon77) May 26, 2023
MSD Fandom 🔥
— MSDO7 𓃵 (@Exce63109Shorts) May 26, 2023
Final Destination Indian Version 💀💀
Relax mufa watch this video pic.twitter.com/0Ud5rJDk9n
— Virat Kohli Fan Club 🏏 (@vkfanclub007) May 26, 2023