Rohit Pawar Promises Improved Fan Experience and Hassle-Free Parking As Pune Gets Ready for World Cup

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Pune, 7th October 2023: The World Cup kicked off in a grand manner in Ahmedabad with a pulsating game between England and New Zealand. MCA International Stadium on the outskirts of Pune is all set to host five games of the World Cup including India v Bangladesh on October 19.

On Saturday, in a press conference hosted at the stadium, MCA president Rohit Pawar shed light on the improvements made at the venue.

Other members of the MCA apex council – vice president Kiran Samant, secretary Shubhendra Bhandarkar, joint-secretary Santosh Bobade, treasurer Sanjay Bajaj, Vinayak Dravid, Suhas Patwardhan, Ranjeet Khirid, Sushil Shewale, Raju Kane, Sunil Mutha and COO Ajinkya Joshi – were also present for the presser.

“The stadium’s seating capacity is approx 37,400 and the stadium is built such that every fan can enjoy the uninterrupted view of the match. We have recently cleaned the entire stadium thoroughly,” MCA president Rohit Pawar said.

“Stadium’s waterproofing work is done and the painting work is on course to finish soon. We have also upgraded sanitation and related infrastructure,” he added.

“As far as the playing field’s infrastructure is concerned, we have an excellent drainage system in place, which allows for the play to resume within 30-40 minutes after the rain halts in case of a rain interruption. To cover the field, we have also acquired a robotic system,” Pawar further said.

At present, only the South stand of the MCA International Stadium has a permanent roof, but MCA is adding temporary structures to ensure shade to fans in other stands as well. In addition, Pawar announced that free drinking water would be provided to all fans, but one would have to pay for food and beverages.

No parking hassle

Pawar informed that MCA has acquired 42 acres of land on lease in a one-and-a-half km radius of the stadium to provide parking facilities. These facilities should accommodate 7,500 four-wheelers and 15,000 two-wheelers. Traffic approaching the stadium from three directions – Pune, PCMC and Mumbai will be directed accordingly with the help of colour-coordinated coding, air balloons and Google Maps.


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