Ground Guide : The Wankhede

Local views from Minal, Visitor’s views from HackneyHaz

The Wankhede has been much maligned by visiting supporters in the past as an airless bowl but its rebuilding for the 2011 World Cup has not only addressed those concerns but also the full bowl has gone in favour of a design that should let in more air – That means going to the Wankhede, with its stands named after some of the Indian greats who have played there, is a fantastic experience.

Before – Garware End (Lower)                                            

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After : SRT Stand (Upper )

Pavilion End (from SRT Upper)

Buying Match Tickets

The Local View:

Let me be honest – when it has come to Wankhede, tickets were always a non-issue cause of my club membership so I’ll let Hazel throw a better light on tickets for non-club members. Watch out for the newspapers a month in advance of the scheduled match as the MCA always issues a notice regarding commencement of ticket sales and the venues of ticket sales.

Club Members: For those who have Garware or MCA memberships, it is recommended to visit the respective club sites or notice boards for the first notice of ticket sales. It works on first-come first-serve basis and hence it is always advisable to be the first applicants, as club membership does not always guarantee confirmed tickets. Although in my experience of 18 years I have never known a member to not get a ticket. Members can also apply for limited guests tickets on their membership, however these are subject to availability.

Non-Club Members: But if you are a non-club member the MCA issues a notice in the newspapers at least a month before and now they are even available online at http://www.kyazoonga.com/Cricket. They also have ticket counters at the Mumbai Hockey Association counters beside the stadium.

My honest suggestion is to grab the tickets at the first announcement so as to not miss out on the best stands in the ground.

The Visitor’s View

The Wankhede is no different to other Indian grounds, with tickets going on sale close to the start of an event: if you are a Westerner used to buying tickets months in advance and can’t find any on sale then don’t panic, details will emerge at some point.

I did try emailing the Mumbai Cricket Association for details at mcacrik@vsnl.com and I even received a reply so, if you like to get everything sorted in advance, this could be an option but beware: you’ll be offered the most expensive tickets (if you are persistent you may persuade them to sell you a slightly cheaper category) and you’ll need to pay by bank transfer, which will add to the cost, particularly if you are outside of India.

If you are happy to wait then tickets may be sold via an online retailer. When we visited for the 2011 ODIs the MCA was using kyazoonga.com and they put tickets up for sale a week or so before the game. As with other Indian grounds the most expensive tickets went on sale on Kyazoonga first – up to an eye-watering INR20,000 – and while the range increased slightly the only way to get the cheapest tickets (a higher than average INR1000 for the ODI we went to) was to go in person; the cheapest sold by Kyazoonga were INR4000.

It is best to check with the MCA regarding exactly where ticket sales will take place (they have a website at http://www.mumbaicricket.com but also look out for the newspaper announcement mentioned above) but we had to go to D Road at the south end of the ground (near the BCCI offices along the road that leads to Churchgate Station) and collect from the Mumbai Hockey Association ticket counters. Two days before the game all of the cheapest tickets had sold out and while on one day we were told the cheapest price available was INR3000, going back the next day secured us INR2000 seats in the Sachin Tendulkar Upper.

How to Get to the Ground

The Local View

Wankhede is situated in my favourite part of Mumbai. The elite South Mumbai area where Mumbai’s pride – the Queen’s Necklace Marine Drive adorns one side of Wankhede. It is easily accessible by Mumbai’s Public Transport – B.E.S.T and Trains. The Western Railway Line runs parallel to the ground and is the most dependable and recommended mode of transport to get to the stadium on a match day. Depending on the stands you choose – you can either get down at Marine Lines Station (North Block) or Churchgate Station(South Block).

When travelling by train be mindful of the day of the week. If it is any of the days between Monday-Friday be prepared for the morning office rush. Churchgate station is one of the main stations on the Western Line and caters to most office going folks in areas around it such as Fort, Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point. Peak hours for office goers via trains are generally between 7.30-10.00 a.m Monday-Friday. On weekends the train travel is a breeze.

I would recommend avoiding travelling by road or driving by own car as parking and traffic can be a nightmare during match days. For test matches road travel might be still relaxed, although own car is still a strict no-no given the parking woes. If you still intend to drive your own car be prepared to walk 5 kms at least.

The Visitor’s View

If you are going to a test at the Wankhede then you’d be best advised to stay in South Mumbai, to make the journey easier, but if you do end up in the north of the city then make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the ground, especially if you are planning on getting a taxi! The traffic in Mumbai is legendary, especially on weekdays, so you’d probably be better off travelling by train (see above).

If you are staying anywhere around the Colaba area then you can stroll to the ground quite easily as it is only a mile or so from the the main hub you’ll likely be in and if you don’t want to walk then a cab won’t set you back much either.

Where to Watch the Game From

The Local View

I’ve watched matches from all stands at Wankhede except the East (Sunil Gavaskar) Stand and West (Vijay Merchant) Stand. These 2 stands offer a horizontal (square to the wicket) view of the pitch and are the worst viewing stands. There is no shade during most part of the day and of course they come at a cheap price as well. The North Stand End also known as the Tata End and the Grand Stand End or Pavilion End are the stands right behind the bowlers arms and offer the best viewing. The next best are the Garware Pavilion and MCA pavilion stands at the South End. Divecha Pavilion is to the east of MCA pavilion and gets my vote over SRT stand which is diagonally opposite to it.

Avoid sitting closer to the ground in any of the stands during day games as you are bound to get hit by the sun and your viewing will be obstructed by the wired fencing. Always look for seats a little higher up. The renovated stadium is far better than the old one and though the capacity has been reduced the bucket seats are more comfortable than old cement/wooden benches.

Tickets for test matches come cheap – the max I’ve paid for Garware or MCA stands is INR 750 (season ticket for 5 days) and INR 250-500 for North Stand, day tickets are not available for sale beforehand, but they do open up once the match begins and if seats are still unsold. Tickets are often sold near the Bombay Hockey Association beside the stadium. For ODIs, the prices have skyrocketed, I remember catching the WC 96 league match at INR 500 and the Titan Cup Final for INR 750 at North Stand – but for the last ODI between Eng and Ind North Stand was available between at INR 2000-3000 and Pavilion stands were starting from INR 5000. Corporate or hospitality boxes are also available with a much higher price.

The Visitor’s View

When we visited for the 2011 India v England ODI the cheapest tickets available were INR 1000 (rising to INR 20,000 for corporate seats!) and a lot of people we spoke to felt this was far too expensive (during the 2011 World Cup the cheapest tickets were INR 600) but it’s good to see that Test prices for the WI series are rather more affordable, starting at 150 INR for a season ticket in the Sunil Gavaskar Lower and rising to INR 600 for the Divecha Paviliion.

We sat in the Sachin Tendulkar Upper for INR 2000 and had a great view from the steep terracing, although it was a long way up (and we decided to walk the steps). It was about as close to behind the bowler’s arm as we could manage and we had shade all afternoon. By contrast, friends who had the INR 1000 tickets in the Sunil Gavaskar Lower had full sun all afternoon (likewise the more expensive seats in the upper part of that stand). Some visitors won’t mind that but be aware: Mumbai can get very hot! The Vijay Merchant Stand opposite would have had morning sun but by the afternoon it was in shade.

In the cheaper areas everyone also sat in their allocated seat (something I’ve never seen in India before) as it was sold out in that area and there were some seats with obscured views in the Sunil Gavaskar Lower though it should be said that in the redeveloped Wankhede this is a rarity as most seats look like they have pretty good views.

The redevelopment has, as mentioned above, also replaced benches with bucket seats: much, much better for the visitor although they may not be quite large enough for some of the – ahem – more substantially built Westerners!

What are the Usual Do’s and Dont’s?

The Local View

People can curse the security arrangements all they want on Indian grounds but I get the purpose behind it having lived in Mumbai all my life. In ‘93 when I watched the India-Eng test as a school kid we had a blast carrying trumpets, drums, musical items, food, water, transistors, walkmans etc. The Mumbai blasts in March ‘93 and the bottle-throwing episodes that followed later at various grounds made the security more stringent and I don’t fault them at all.

The security arrangements are also less strict during test match days where they allow you food items to be carried in sandwich bags or aluminium foil. Water is made available inside and yes be aware it does cost a lot.

Read the fine print behind the ticket on what is permitted and what is not. I cannot understand why people crib about being unaware when they are refused to take certain items inside – it is clearly mentioned on the ticket and if you do not read it, it is your fault; so stop arguing with the authorities. No cameras, no drinks, no water-bottles, no smartphones, no fireworks, no musical instruments. During the WC final I was not allowed to carry coins or even a Vaseline. They allowed small handbags but each and every item was checked. Don’t get into arguments with the Mumbai police unnecessarily; they are a helpful lot unless you try to act smart in front of them.  Also I did see people sneak in smartphones and camera – but I would never take that risk; they don’t keep those items or give you a collection receipt like they do at Lord’s and you will be a very lucky person to retrieve your belongings post match. Flags and banners are non-issue most times but, with regards to paper banners, they can act fussy.

The Visitor’s View

Security at the Wankhede is some of the strictest in India, which is saying something, so be aware that you will have to go through several security cordons before getting into the ground. This can be frustrating, but anyone with even a little knowledge of recent Indian history – both cricket related and other – should understand the reasoning behind it and, let’s face it, we would all would rather be safe than sorry.

Minal has given a good account of what is and isn’t allowed and the best advice is just stick to this and you’ll be fine. I managed to get a packet of peppermints (that I had completely forgotten about in my pocket) confiscated! All items that are confiscated on that occasion were left on a wall – so you have a very limited chance of retrieving them afterwards.

Small bags or handbags were fine (I tend to take a cloth shopping bag to any Indian ground though as I can always take the contents out, carry them and put the bag in a pocket until I’m in the ground).  Regardless of the searches some people always manage to get huge cameras into games: I haven’t tried it as I wouldn’t want to risk leaving it with security but I suspect stating that you ARE taking it in *may* work. I did take a phone in (and a small camera) but they were well hidden.

The standard forceful explanation of suntan lotion (a necessity for pasty Western visitors) as “medical” worked at the Wankhede (and on this, if at first you don’t succeed then keep trying and getting more insistent) although one of our friends was unable to get her bottle past security. One option on this is trying to take on of those small ‘hand-baggage size’ packets of suntan lotion in so that if you do lose it it hasn’t cost you too much.  No problem taking flags/banners in and the best hanging spots are in the lower tiers

Food and Drink

The Local View

Every stand has a food and concession stand below it. It is easily accessible and lot of variety of snacks are available – the standard sandwiches, rolls, samosas, hot and cold beverages. They will always be more expensive than what you would get outside the stadium but that is the price one pays. Sometimes you see a few vendors doing the rounds near your seats selling beverages and ice-creams.

The Visitor’s View

There were food options at every level of the Sachin Tendulkar Stand and we had a constant stream of vendors near our seats too. Being in cosmopolitan Mumbai, the food choices include quite a lot of Western options like Domino’s Pizza (branded as The Indian Pizza League!) and Subway but for those that prefer to stay traditional there are plenty of samosas as well as biryanis etc. Soft drinks (the standard Pepsi range) were readily available and filtered water was available until the cups ran out on the concourse with larger cups of water available to buy.

Things to do Around the Ground Before and After a Day’s Play

The Local View

Head over to Marine Drive once the match is over, take a stroll alongside Mumbai’s Queen’s necklace – it is a lovely place to spend your evening – gazing at Mumbai’s glittering skyline and enjoying the salted & roasted groundnuts sold by the roadside vendors. Try the famous Mumbai Chaat – Pani Puri, Sev Puri, Bhel Puri and the famous corn on the cob or as we Mumbaites call it – Bhutta.

Once you are done hop onto Best Bus No 123 and take a ride till Girgaum Chowpatty. Get down there and enjoy the beach in the evening. Cross over to some of the favourite eating joints such as New Yorkers, Kobe’s Sizzlers and Cream Centre, and then don’t forget to have the most famous Kulfi in Mumbai at the shop opposite Girgaum Chowpatty– located right at the cross-junction of the roads.

You can also take the Bus No 123 in the opposite direction towards Colaba and head out for some street shopping – books/junk jewellery/shoes etc. Don’t forget to bargain here as most vendors tend to overprice their goods. Enjoy a good beer and great food at two of my favourite Cafes that cater to a large western crowd – Cafe Leopold and Cafe Mondegar.

If you feel like watching a movie – head over to the EROS movie theatre, it is right opposite to Churchgate station. Post that you can enjoy some awesome food at the Sundance Cafe in the same building.

Right opposite the EROS theatre is Mumbai’s famous Cross Maidan – the place where school boys learn to take their first cricketing steps. Shivaji Park in Dadar and Cross Maidan are brooding grounds for Mumbai’s next generation. Cross Maidan is also home to Dilip Vengsarkar’s Cricketing Academy – Elf Academy.

Walk down the same lane and you will get to see the Mantralaya – the administrative headquarters of state government of Maharashtra. Later you can take a cab and head over to Gateway of India.

You can take Bus no 1 or 8 from the Churchgate Station and take a ride across Mumbai’s Business Centre Nariman Point and the World Trade Centre Building which is a host to multiple exhibitions all the year throughout. There are some good handloom and handicrafts shops in the Trade Centre Building that might be of interest to tourist folks.

About 2-3 lanes away from Wankhede is the Brabourne Stadium – I’m not sure you can get access to it but it is worthwhile taking a round of this place. My father saw most of the matches at the this ground and somehow Wankhede never had the same impact on him as Brabourne did. I’ve been inside the ground once thanks to a friend and at that point I could sense the reasoning behind my father’s love for this ground.

The Visitor’s View

I’m not sure I can add to Minal’s list. Strolling down Marine Parade, watching the kids play cricket in Cross Maidan, The Gateway of India – all within walking distance – are well worth visiting. While you are at The Gateway of India take a peek inside The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel: it is a stunning building, inside and out, and its restoration post-Mumbai attacks has been superb.

Any Advantage of Getting to the Ground Early/Staying Late

The Local View

Get to the ground early always – it saves you queuing time, it saves you traffic time, it ensures you don’t miss the start of the game. I always prefer getting there early – you get to see the nets, players practice when they are in their own element away from the pressures of the game. It is an experience you don’t get to see on live TV – so be there early and make the most of watching a game live at the ground.

The Visitor’s View

I agree with Minal. Apart from anything else you will have to go through several security checks and it is best to get in early. Leaving the ground is not a huge issue as there are lots of exits but if you don’t like being swept up in a crowd then hang back a while.

Watering Holes/Restaurants Nearby

The Local View

Roadside chaat on Marine Drive.

Colaba – Cafe Mondegar, Cafe Leopold and the very famous Bade Miyyan (Roadside eatery for Kababs)

Fancy hotels along Marine Drive, Churchgate & Nariman Point Area – Ambassador,Oberoi, Ritz, Trident.

Restaurants – GayLord, Pizza by the Bay, Sundance Cafe, Indian Food – Samrat, ShivSagar, Status. There is also an Irani cafe near Churchgate station where you can enjoy Kheema-Paav and Bun Maska Chai

The Visitor’s View

Colaba is full of bars, cafes and restaurants, from Western chains, if that’s your thing, to local places: wander around and you should find something you like.

Cafe Leopold is perhaps the most famous watering hole in Mumbai, not because it was targeted in the Mumbai attacks (some of the bullet holes are still visible), but because it is a legendary meeting and watering hole for travellers. The beer is cold, there is an extensive menu (Indian, Chinese and Western) and it is inevitably busy, sometimes so busy that you’ll have to queue to get in. It is worth a visit – and even the England players tend to go along there once when on tour – but the sheer numbers of travellers can get a bit much.

If you fancy something a bit more local then Gokul, around the corner from Leopolds on Tulloch Road, is perfect. Described by one England fan as “The best cheap bar in Mumbai” Gokul has the odd Westerner drinking there but it is primarily a local bar and the prices reflect that. The beer isn’t always the coldest and the air-con areas may have smokers occupying them but it has TVs showing cricket (as long as there is some on) and is friendly – an all round winner for me. Even better, the famed Bade Miya kebab stalls are just over the road…

Also nearby is the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and even if you can’t afford to stay there then you may want to stretch to an expensive drink in the bar.

All of these places are about a 20 minute walk from The Wankhede but nearer the ground there are quite a few hotels with bars that will be open, including the Intercontinental and Hotel Marine Plaza.

Memorabilia (Gift shop etc)

The Visitor’s View

While we didn’t find a shop as such there was a concession on the concouse in our stand selling replica shirts, training shirts and hats. If you want a size to fit Westerners then get in early!

Outside the ground (and security cordon) there are lots of hawkers selling fake replicas and other memorabilia: it is worth bargaining with these guys!

If Traveling from afar, Cheap Accommodations/Hostels around the Ground

The Visitor’s View

Be warned: Mumbai is the most expensive city to stay in in India and South Mumbai, while the most convenient for the Wankhede, is one of the most expensive areas so expect to pay more than elsewhere.

Close to the ground the art deco Sea Green Hotel on Marine Drive (and its sister hotel, The Sea Green South on Marine Lines) have rooms from around INR 3000 while rates at The Intercontinental start at INR 10,350 and Hotel Marine Plaza at INR 9000 (both of these are also on Marine Drive). The far side of the railway line are The Sea Green South (see above) and the West End Hotel on New Marine Lines, starting at INR 5000.

In Colaba Bentley’s on Oliver Road has non a/c rooms starting at INR 1500, and the Seashore, Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Road, has rooms without a bathroom starting from around INR 950. Other options will range from around INR 1500 upwards.

If money is no object then rooms in the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower start at around INR 12000 for a Tower room and INR 20000 for a Palace room (but book early for the best rates).

Minal also suggests that if people find South Mumbai accommodation too expensive then they may want to look for hotels around the main train stations on the western line such as Andheri, Dadar, Bandra etc.

Any Other Ground Specific Info

The Local View

Here is my genuine advice – if you want to enjoy with the best crowd at Wankhede take North Stand tickets, if you want to enjoy the comfort of watching a match take the Garware Pavillion/MCA pavillion tickets.

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42 Responses to Ground Guide : The Wankhede

  1. Aashish says:

    Excellent detailing… Given my “unprivileged local” status, which lies somewhere between local and visitor, I have probably faced much more trouble watching cricket at Wankhede. This includes a pickpocketing incident during the busy lunch time. I will bat for the distant cousin at DYP, which is anyway more accessible for Punekars. Must say though, Wankhede cricket viewing in an experience every cricket lover should go through at some point.

    • Minal says:

      Aashish,
      Thanks :-) Yeah Wankhede can be torrid at times – I remember during Titan Cup Final it was so bad that people could not get out to have water or go to the washroom. The new one though offers a more relaxed viewing experience given my WC final experience.
      I’m yet to visit DYP but have heard rave reviews – and next time you want to see a match at Wankhede you know whom to contact ;-)

  2. Excellent work, Hazel and Minal. I suppose I will have to take a print out of this when I land up in Mumbai.

  3. Minal says:

    Subash – Thanks – hope you enjoy the match and the ground! I miss that place so much. Also ensure we win.

  4. Saurabh says:

    Gokul, ha! Brings back some memories, that one. Grabbing platefuls of Seekh Kababs at Bade Miyan’s, heading over to Mondegar for beer and when almost broke, to Gokul for the harder, cheaper stuff. Great job, though, guys!

  5. After spending a few days at the Wankhede, the best stand to be in for fun is North Stand and the best one for shade – Divecha. Day night matches – SRT won’t be too bad as this stand comes under the shade by mid-afternoon.

  6. anuj chokshi says:

    hey minal,i have booked the last row center seats at sachin tendulkar stand lower tier t block.i am a little worried about the view i am going to get.would you please let me know how is it going to be?

  7. Prabhu says:

    Excellent read and some very good recommendations – thanks Minal and Hazel. I’m looking forward to watching the 2nd Test against England b/w Nov 23 – Nov 27. The MCA website has the ticket prices for a few stands but couldn’t find the rates for MCA or Garware pavilion, which I’m interested in. Anyone knows if they’ll be available online or only OTC? I’m from Chennai, so would prefer an online buy. Thanks in advance!

    • Minal RS says:

      Hi Prabhu,
      MCA and Garware stands are members only stands – tickets are made available to public only if they are not sold out to members. MCA difficult but Garware is still a chance depending on sales to members.

      Best way – befriend someone who is a member and ask them to get you tickets ;-)

  8. Prasanna says:

    Superb Article, Minal and Hazel. I am planning to go for the T20 international between india and england on 22nd December.
    I just wanna know, how many days before the match,the ticket counters open. In the website, they havent yet updated. I wanna know, as i dont wanna loose a chance of grabbing the tickets on the first day of sale!

    • Hazel says:

      I think the tickets usually go on sale a couple of weeks beforehand – keep checking the MCA website and the local press…

  9. amol shinde says:

    i am planning to watch the 2nd test match vs england.can i get a ticket on the same day on saturday 24 november at the stadium.Is taking a camera or mobile really not allowed at the wankhede?

    • Hazel says:

      Ticket details haven’t been published yet as far as I know (except prices) – if it isn’t sold out you’d be able to get a ticket on the day – check the press, website etc as mentioned in the article. They are really strict about taking anything in at the Wankhede – there are several security checks and they will stop you taking anything in including phones and cameras. You can try – and people do manage to hide stuff – but it is a risk and you could easily end up with it being taken off you (& no guarantee of getting it back afterwards).

      • amol shinde says:

        thanks hazel, so cameras are a strict no, but are mobiles also not allowed inside the stadium.earlier i was allowed to carry my mobile nokia N70 for a match in pune.Are mobiles not allowed in wankhede

  10. Hazel says:

    Technically phones are not allowed at the Wankhede – or weren’t last time I was there – and while you may get away with it an officious policeman/steward could take it off you. The ground regulations should be displayed outside and at the ticket office – best thing to do is to check those before you go.

  11. pratik says:

    Hey nice write up. I think the srt stand has got three levels as far as the pics of ground say. Well could you suggest which one would give best view?

  12. Sukhdev says:

    I’m based in London and found this article really helpful – thanks for taking the time to post it. Will take a print out with me when I go on 23 Nov.

  13. Naveen says:

    Hey, extremely informative. thanks a lot. Wish I had read this earlier. Just picked up tickets for the Sunil gavaskar Stand. The weather is good nowadays, so hopefully shouldnt get too hot, I ll carry my sun hat though, now that I have learnt that there is no shade here. Thanks for the info about not carrying mobiles or cameras.

  14. amol shinde says:

    which stand is near the media center?

  15. amol shinde says:

    thanks to all,I have really enjoyed the last two days in wankhede stadium.ALSO MOBILES ARE ALLOWED IN THE STADIUM.first I was really surprised to see a full stadium on saturday and sunday.I got a full test ticket of devicha stand.

  16. amol shinde says:

    really enjoyed my first experience at wankhede ,special thanks to the security who allowed every body to carry mobiles and cameras inside .I arrived at the stadium in the morning,they allowed us inside at 8 :30 am. the food and drinks inside were good,pizza hut ,frankies ,burgers with traditional samosas with cold drinks.throughout the day there were stalls inside selling India t-shirts,caps,flgs,arm bands.Also after the match had a walk to marine drive and tried out the stadium restaurant cafe just outside.was pleasantly surprised to see a housefull crowd on both days.the result was a let down for India,but the experience made for it.seeing sachin bat once again made my day.

  17. Hazel says:

    There was a definite difference on mobiles to the World Cup and ODIs last year when they were banned. Cameras met differing responses in different stands – we were told no cameras on Day One by everyone and again on Day Four but in other stands people had no issues! Likewise there were better food options that for the ODI I went to. Great prices too: 150 – 600 RS for a 5 day pass, big thanks to the MCA for that.

    • Prabhu says:

      I was in the North Stand and enjoyed the 3 and a bit days of cricket. However, they didn’t allow me to take the binoculars inside, which was a bit of a shame. They were also hassling a lot of spectators to take the assigned seats, even though the stands were half empty. Oh well, you don’t watch a test match in India for spectator comfort, you watch it inspite of the lack of it..

  18. Sahana says:

    Can you confirm how do we select the rows in the new wankhede… it starts from row 1 to 18… is row starting from top or from ground level.

  19. ritesh says:

    great article, have been a visittor to wankhede since the 96 IND AUS and also the last world cup final. ( thank god for catholic gymkhana).
    i had the same question as the person above re the numbering. Is row 1 closer to the ground? any info appreciated . thanks

  20. Rajesh says:

    Hi Minal,
    Thanks a lot….I wanted to know the fooding arrangement as I will be taking my family for the IPL match.I was very happy to get the required information.

    Thanks one again.

  21. sagar says:

    I think so mca stand is the best and for a good view garware pavilion .
    all the ac boxes are good but not with the intention of getting a good view …………….

  22. Pala says:

    I have never come across with such a detailed description about the sports venue. Excellent Work Minal :) I am looking forward to watch my cricket hero’s last test match at Wankhede :(

  23. rahul bhave says:

    excellent, but i want to get tickets for the 200th test of sachine tendulkar, i lived in raipur chhattisgarh and coming to see the match

  24. Split Infinitive says:

    I’ve been to the Wankhede thrice , first time for the India-Eng test in 2006 (pre-renovation) and then for 2 IPL games in 2012 & 2013. Must say, the renovation has made a big difference – in 2006, the benches and a hot, stifling atmosphere made for a terrible experience, not to mention India losing the game as well :-) . The new seats and removal of viewing obstructions make it a much better proposition. The cons: in 2012, was in a corporate “luxury box” with AC, buffet dinner, and beer – and you’d think that this is the best way to watch! However, it isn’t. The boxes are built in such a way that there is a big walkway right in front, where people tend to stand and totally obscure the view, and despite repeated protests, no respite. Also, security is completely paranoid – and while I understand the reason, they do not have to be rude. Finally, the biggest issue – getting in and out: crowd management is so atrocious that even getting to the ground 45 min before game time, I missed the start of the game because the cops were totally inept at managing the crowd. Standard experience at all Indian grounds, alas.

    • Split Infinitive says:

      However, since I’ve managed to get tickets for Sachin’s last test, in the Sachin Stand no less, I guess it’s going to be worth all the trials and tribulations.

  25. Gaurav says:

    i want to know that i can manage to get sachin’s last test ticket..but the problem is that i m struck between sunil gavaskar lower sunil gavaskar upper and north stand…which should i select??
    which view is the best and comfortable?
    and also, i own a tablet, so is it allowed inside the stadium? can i take it with me inside the stadium?
    what are the pro’s and con’s?
    please anybody help!

    • Minal RS says:

      Gaurav,
      North Stand has the better view behind bowler’s arms. Security is very tight at Wankhede and should be more given Sachin’s last match. Suggest you avoid taking a tablet to the stadium.

  26. Vishal says:

    i have one ticket to Sachin’s 200th Test – can i take my 2.5 year old kid? Are tickets required for such small kids?

    • Minal says:

      Vishal,

      Given the maddening rush for the test I would not advise taking a 2.5 year old for the test match. Not sure what is the scene on tickets for toddlers but honestly don’t take the kid along.

  27. Shailesh says:

    Hey Minal,
    Excellent write-up.
    Thanks for putting this up.
    I also read the Shane Bond article. He was a hero…He really made the Aussies dance. I used to work for a call centre way back in 2002-2003 catering to American clients, and we had to pick English names…and I used to call myself Shane…on asking my last name I used to say “Shane Bond”. The other reason for picking this name was “Shane” if rearranged could be read “Sneha”…which was name of my girlfriend :) .
    I wish I could have got the tickets to see the god one last time playing in Wankhede…but Kyazoonga doomed it, and the black rates of tickets are just way to unaffordable. I would have picked one up if available for 7K..but its not there :(
    Anyways…once again great write-up…

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