Pune, November 4, 2023: A former England cricket captain shared a captivating moment on X (formerly Twitter), striking a pose reminiscent of Shah Rukh Khan with the caption, “Loved the atmosphere in #Pune yesterday… Great to see such a massive crowd 😜 #CWC2023” (sic). This singular post encapsulated the electric ambiance and fan experience during the thrilling New Zealand vs. South Africa match at the MCA International Stadium.
Rohit Pawar, the president of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA), expressed their dedication to providing the ultimate match experience for fans at the World Cup. Pawar acknowledged that there’s always room for improvement, stating, “We took the feedback from fans and the media in a positive stride and identified the areas we could improve on and worked tirelessly on it. I am happy that we could deliver what we promised. At the end of the day, fans should enjoy the game of the World Cup to the fullest.”
The MCA’s commitment was evident as the stadium neared a full house for this blockbuster contest. Following the India vs. Bangladesh game, the MCA actively sought feedback from fans and the media and took substantial steps in the right direction.
To enhance fan convenience, the MCA arranged free parking for 15,000 two-wheelers and 7,000 four-wheelers. The process was made smoother, with increased signage and security personnel ensuring fans could make the most of the free parking.
In response to the massive turnout, the MCA collaborated with other stakeholders to advance gate opening times, ensuring no fans arriving on time missed any action. The MCA also recognized the importance of increased staff to enhance the fan experience, offering free drinking water and exceptional service from all stadium partners.
The international media present in Pune to cover the game lauded the arrangements. The MCA went the extra mile, providing pick-up facilities for the press and round-the-clock hospitality at the press box.
The presence of ICC Chairman Mr. Greg Barclay and former South African Cricketer and ex-Indian Coach Gary Kirsten added to the grandeur of the event. Both esteemed guests praised the arrangements by MCA and reveled in the electric atmosphere during the game.
Upcoming matches at the MCA International Stadium, England vs. Netherlands on November 8 and Australia vs. Bangladesh on November 11, are expected to be full houses, continuing the World Cup excitement.
MCA President Rohit Pawar made a heartfelt appeal to cricket enthusiasts, urging them not to miss this golden opportunity to witness the World Cup in India. He encouraged fans to bring their family and friends to experience the thrill of World Cup games at the magnificent MCA Stadium in Pune.