IPL final shifted to D Y Patil Stadium

Published: Monday, May 12, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: The final of the maiden Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament on June 1 will now be held at the D Y Patil Stadium at Nerul in Navi Mumbai instead of the Wankhede Stadium in South Mumbai, Board of Control for Cricket in India sources said here.

''The final has been shifted and will now be held at D Y Patil Stadium. One of the main reasons is that the TV production crew is not happy with the makeshift arrangements at the Wankhede Stadium which has already been taken up for renovation and there are space constraints for keeping their equipment,'' the sources told UNI.

The arrangements for the TV production crew includes temporary location of their vast paraphernalia adjacent to the makeshift restaurant located just behind the Garware Stadium stands, the sources added.

Another reason is that the D Y Patil Stadium can hold 55,000 spectators as compared to 40,000 by Wankhede, which increases the revenue of the home team owners -- Reliance Industries.

But the decision has not yet been communicated to the franchise owners of Mumbai Indians, the home team, by the IPL authorities who make the final call though the team owners have a say on the matter, said a spokesperson of the franchisee.

''There have been talks about one of the semifinals or the final being shifted to D Y Patil, but we have not heard anything officially on the matter,'' he said.


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