The seating capacity of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here,which is getting decked up for the coming cricket World Cup now stands decreased by 2,000 seats with all the Blocks in the stadium being provided with chairs. The PCA authorities are working round the clock on upgrading the stadium for the world cup extravaganza,which starts from February 19. The stadium is so far slated to host three international matches.
The stadium had a capacity of 30,000 people but now its capacity has been reduced to 28,000 as 3,000 chairs have been fixed for viewers in both the general and students blocks.
Besides making the whole stadium fitted with chairs for the first time since it was built,all 514 tubelights fitted in the flood light poles have been replaced. Some repair and maintenance of both these flood lights has also taken place at a cost of about Rs 30 lakh.
These flood lights will run fully on four sound-proof generators now installed in the stadium,which have a capacity of 2,000 mega watts as each generator is of 500 mega watts to ensure that no match is ot disrupted even if the regular power supply fails. As far as ticket sales are concerned,they will shortly begin but five per cent of the tickets have already been sold online in accordance with an ICC directive.
This time team India will not be playing any match here during the league phase. The first match at the PCA on March 3 is between the West Indies and Ireland while the March 11 fixture is between South Africa and the Netherlands.
India may figure in the March 30 semi-final depending on the previous results.
3-tier security system in place
For all three World Cup league phase matches being played at the PCA Stadium,Punjab Police will provide a three-tier security system. Around 1,500 policemen will be deployed for security and law and order purpose,including a Quick Reaction Team (QRT). There will also be sharp shooters on roof-tops of buildings around the stadium. We had a lengthy meeting with the ICC security team and they were satisfied with our proposed arrangements, said SAS Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Bhullar. ENS