IPL 2021 will begin on April 9 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium with a clash between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Unlike the previous IPL seasons organized in India, there will not be any home matches this year. Six venues across the nation will host the entire competition.
The BCCI has decided against allowing the fans for the first phase of IPL 2021. Hence, the IPL Tickets booking has not started yet. The board will decide on opening the venues for the fans in the second half of the season. So, the cricket fans will have to wait a bit before buying their IPL 2021 Tickets; if at all, the BCCI reverses its call to conduct the games behind closed doors.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced BCCI to prepare a different schedule for the 14th IPL season. Usually, the fans know in advance which teams will play in their city. Hence, they can easily book the IPL Tickets then. However, the same is not the case for IPL 2021 Tickets.
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Last year, there were no IPL Tickets up for sale when the competition happened in the United Arab Emirates. In fact, the board had to cancel the Fan Parks also because of the pandemic.
Does IPL 2021 allow spectators?
As mentioned ahead, IPL 2021 will not allow spectators in the initial phase of the season. According to a media release by the BCCI, the first phase of IPL 2021 will happen behind closed doors. Only the players, team officials, and the families of players are expected to be present at the IPL venues.
Chennai and Ahmedabad recently hosted India vs. England matches with 50% seating capacity. However, BCCI had to conduct the last few contests of that tour with no live audience. The board has undertaken a few international games with fans safely. Still, it has taken the safer route of playing the ‘Wait and Watch’ game before putting IPL 2021 Tickets on sale.
Are there virtual tickets for IPL 2021?
As mass gatherings for any event are not advisable in COVID times, many sports promoters have allowed the fans to attend the games virtually from their home. WWE has built a Thunderdome for its universe, while the Indian Super League also allowed virtual fans.
Last year, when the matches happened behind closed doors, the broadcaster Star Sports showed brief clips of fans enjoying the game virtually. Also, there was a sponsored screen at the stadium, where the fans would appear virtually.
However, there is no official update on if there are IPL Tickets for attending the matches virtually. Disney+ Hotstar had rolled out the feature of a virtual fan community last year. Besides, there were four large fan walls, where a chosen group of fans would appear virtually to cheer for their favorite teams.
Since the possibility of having live fans in attendance is relatively low for the upcoming IPL season, there is a chance that the BCCI might sell IPL 2021 Tickets virtually and allow the fans to have an in-stadia experience from their homes.
More details on IPL 2021 Tickets will be updated once the officials make the final call on live audience and virtual fans.
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