In a welcome news for the Chennai Cricket fans, MA Chidambaram stadium(one of the oldest stadium in India), famously known as Chepauk is all set to be modified prior to the IPL 2020. Chepauk is the third largest stadium in India-currently. For last nine to ten years, three stands (I, J and K) of Chepauk has remain closed due to legal notice served to it in the past. 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 (Chepauk) 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.
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.
Last month, in a general meeting, a decision was taken to demolish the gymnasium in the stadium as it was not a heritage property and the stadium will be ready to host the high profile clashes any time soon. A new gymnasium will soon be built at another place inside the stadium too.
Tamil Nadu Cricket Association will have the custody of the new stadium after the full functionality of the three stands I, J and K. TNCA has entered into an agreement to renew the lease with State Government.
Once the reconstruction is done, the stadium will be fully functional with capacity of almost 50000. It would be a welcomed news for the Chennai Super Kings fans as they will get to see the most important IPL matches as well as International matches more often now.