Pune, Apr 14: Within a week after hosting its first IPL match, Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium has incurred a loss of Rs 3,80,000 as unruly fans damaged the imported chairs at the stadium leaving the Maharashtra Cricket Association to bear the loss.
The most expensive stadium in the country located near the Mumbai-Pune expressway, Maharashtra Cricket Association's Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium has incurred his huge loss within a week since its inauguration, due to unruly fans and their wild behaviour.
MCA President Ajay Shirke has said that it is indeed painful as the association is expected to bear the loss, after putting in a lot of effort to build it.
“Such conduct is really painful for an association to bear. The stadium has been built after efforts of several years and we treat this stadium as our child,” MCA president Ajay Shirke told Mid-day.
The Stadium that was designed in such a way that people seated at any corner can get a good view of the match, first of its kind in India, and moreover chairs were specifically made to make the fans feel comfortable, which have an upward inclination, were broken due to the wild behaviour of the crowd.
It is learnt that the company had assured MCA that the chairs were unbreakable even if it were smashed by a hammer, which was proved wrong, as fans' behaviour has resulted in a loss of Rs 3,80,000 for the association.
“The renowned Australian company had done a lot of scientific research before making these chairs. However, our people have shown their ability to challenge any scientific research,” remarked an MCA official, who didn’t want to be named. “Fortunately, we had spare chairs with us, so we could replace them before our next home game,” the official added.
The cost of each chair is around Rs 1,900 while the damage alone has cost the association close to 4 lakhs. Apart from that, a couple of commode chairs were broken in the public toilet as well. Moreover, the accidental damage to the dressing room door by Kings XI Punjab's Paul Valthaty incurred huge losses, as it was worth Rs 4,50,000.
"It’s our sincere request to the public to treat this stadium as their home, and handle this asset with a lot of love and care,” Shirke said.
With Pune all set to host the next match between Chennai Super Kings and Pune Warriors today, MCA prays the damage is kept to a minimum extent.