IPL 2016 Opening Ceremony: Date, Time and Online Live Streaming Info
The first match of the IPL season takes place on 9 April 2016.
The ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to kick off on 9 April 2016 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and the opening ceremony of the country's biggest extravaganza will be held on 8 April 2016.
The inaugural match of the tournament between the defending champions, Mumbai Indians, and the newcomers, Rising Pune Supergiants will be held the next day.
The opening ceremony of the Vivo IPL promises to include a number of performances from eminent Bollywood personalities such as Jacqueline Fernandez, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Katrina Kaif and Ranveer Singh.
As per sources, an all-girl English pop band called TBC is also set to perform at the opening ceremony of the Vivo IPL 2016. The jamboree is also going to feature over 200 dancers, performers, folk artists, and percussionists.
According to an official statement released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), “Ferriswheel is all set to put together a mad cricket party which will enliven the spirit of cricket. For the first time ever, India will see a 360 degree experience of seamless graphics and projection and state of the art technology- all in one show.”
Ferriswheel Entertainment is a Mumbai-based event management company which has been given the privilege to organise the opening ceremony for this year’s Indian Premier League.
In an interview given to the media, one of the members of the organising committee said, “There will be a few surprises in store. This will be an event to remember.”
The opening ceremony of this year's Vivo IPL has been scheduled to start on 8 April from 7.30 pm (Indian Standard Time). The tickets to the event will be available online soon on BookMyShow.
Vivo Indian Premier League 2016 Opening Ceremony: Live Streaming Details
Online Stream: Hotstar App.
Date: 8 April 2016, Friday.
Time: 19.30 IST, 14.00 GMT.
Venue: Dome @ NSCI-SVP Stadium, Mumbai.
Vivo Indian Premier League 2016 Opening Ceremony: Live TV Telecast
TV Channel: Set MAX, Sony Six, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD and Sony Six HD.
Vivo Indian Premier League 2016: A look into the two new teams
This year’s Vivo Indian Premier League will witness the advent of two new teams, namely, Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants in place of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The latter two teams have been suspended from the Indian Premier League for a couple of years with Chennai Super King’s Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals’ Raj Kundra banned from the extravaganza for life.
The Gujarat Lions franchise has been bought by Keshav Bansal, the Director of Intex Technologies and the Rajkot-based team will play their home matches at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
On the other hand, Rising Pune Supergiants had been successfully purchased by the Kolkata-based businessman, Sanjiv Goenka. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men will be playing their home games at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
The two ousted franchises have been quite successful in the previous editions of the Indian Premier League and their fans would be really disappointed not to see them for the upcoming couple of years.
Chennai Super Kings has been the most consistent team of the tournament till date who have been the champions twice, runners-up four times and the semi-finalists twice in the previous eight editions of the Vivo IPL.
Rajasthan Royals on the other hand is famous for winning the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League back in 2008.