MA Chidambaram stadium, famously known as Chepauk is all set to be modified prior to the IPL 2020. Chepauk, the third largest stadium in India, is one of the oldest stadiums. For quite some time Chepauk has been in legal problems due to three non-working stands in one part of the stadium. Chepauk originally has a capacity of 50,000 but because of three non-working stands it is not preferred for the high profile clashes by BCCI.
MA Chidambaram stadium is also the home ground for Chennai Super Kings, one of the most successful franchise in IPL. But because of the same reason, last year BCCI did not host the IPL finals at the Chepauk.
Now, MCC president Ramesh has given the assurance that after the approval(pending) the modifications will be done in February to make the stadium match ready till IPL 2020.
Speaking to Sportstar, Ramesh said, “Now we will apply to the corporation and the CMDA for permission to carry out the demolition and we are sure we will be granted that since the gym is not a part of any heritage structure. Only the two old squash courts, the billiards room and the club office, the three buildings within the MCC complex, have been declared heritage structures.”
Chepauk has been a historical stadium since 1916 and its old structure has been declared as Heritage by the Govt. But the gym part does not come under the heritage structure and the MCC is planning to pull down the gym structure to make three of its stands I, J and K fully functional for spectators.
“We expect the gym will be demolished sometime in February so that the three stands can be reopened for the IPL. Chennai should not, anymore, be denied international matches and the IPL final because these three stands remained closed. The cricket fans of the State are the biggest winners. Now we can have more spectators and more big matches at Chepauk,” he added further.
It would be a welcomed news for the Chennai fans as they will get to see important IPL as well as International matches more often now.