Cuttack: The infrastructural damage sustained by Barabati Stadium due to cyclone FANI will be restored by December 15 as work is underway on a war footing basis in view of the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) between India and West Indies.
With the match to be held on December 22, the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) has planned to decorate the entire stadium premises and its periphery area with attractive brandings.
While experts from different organization are being hired for the same, the OCA is also trying to give a new look to the existing Clock Tower at the stadium.
As the present seating capacity of Barabati Stadium is reduced to 38,862 due to structural damage in Gallery No 7, the total number of saleable tickets to be printed is 27,146 out of which 18,200 are for public sale and 8,946 for BCCI sponsors, members and affiliated units of OCA and BCCI.
Out of the 18,200 tickets marked for public sale, 8,150 have already been sold online and 10,050 will be sold at counters. Besides, the tickets left unsold from the reserve categories shall be made available for public sale.
The seats of various stands of the stadium including the galleries will be numbered. Sufficient signage indicating row-wise seat numbers will be displayed and required number of special squad will be engaged to guide the ticket holders. Hence, every ticket holder will find it easy to get their seats according to the row and seat number printed on the ticket.
For the first time, the OCA will be providing alternative opportunities to cricket lovers of the State. Those who are not able to get tickets for the match can witness it through giant screens in the Fan Zone at Upper Baliyatra Ground in Cuttack.
Earlier on November 16, a meeting was convened by Commissionerate Police wherein all aspect of security including traffic arrangement at the airport, place of stay and en route from arrival to departure of the players and officials were discussed.
Cuttack DCP also reviewed the progress of the preparation at the stadium on November 23. Similarly, the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (CD), Cuttack convened a meeting on November 26 and ensured to extend full cooperation for the grand success of the match.