Sports and entertainment go hand in hand and are now the backbone of our society. With 130 crores plus population wanting the solid combination of cricket and entertainment across the country, fan parks are a glorious idea to enter in smaller towns as well as improve on fan engagement.
IPL Fan Parks for Die-Hard IPL Fans
You might be upset that IPL 2019 match is not in your city and that you can’t watch the match at the stadium.
— CricketCountry (@cricket_country) April 8, 2015
But, to take the IPL fervour to all parts of the country has been a constant endeavour of the BCCI. And for this, the board started investing in Fan Parks across the country from 2015. Last season saw an enormous turnout of 3,00,000 cricket lovers who experienced the IPL live at the Fan Parks.
What exactly are these Fan Parks?
From the eighth season, BCCI has been setting up Fan Parks to provide stadium like experience to various fans across untapped markets. For a change, the entry to these fan parks is free, something you generally do not get from the world’s richest cricket body.
From Gangtok in Sikkim to Surat in Gujarat and from Trichy in Tamil Nadu to Dehradun in Uttarakhand, the fan parks have brought cricketing fans together.
Match on Big TV Screens
Each venue broadcasts all the matches on enormous TV screens, generating a stadium-like feel for fans practically in their courtyards. The matches are telecasted live on a 32 by 18-feet screen.
More than just Match-Watching – Entertainment Overloaded
Furthermore, there is music and multiple stalls for merchandise, food and extra activities by IPL’s official sponsors.
Fan Park venues are opened 2 to 4 hours before the start of the match which gives the fans the chance to experience the pre-screening happenings. There are chances to win Vivo smartphone, originally signed bat and IPL jersey through a lucky draw.
IPL 2019 Fan Parks
This season, out of the 36 cities across 21 states where BCCI has set up fan parks for this IPL, only three have a cricket stadium which has hosted matches earlier – Gwalior, Dehradun and Lucknow. Hence the local state associations have selected cities and towns with an average population of 10 lakh.
The small town of Una in Himachal Pradesh boasts of a decent fan following with a population of 18,722. This is a clear sign of tapping previously unknown cricket consuming population.
With no big stadiums in many parts of our country, the idea of watching films in open roof talkies installed at open spaces is quite common. Exploiting this in small towns for screening cricket matches is a novel idea which connects the young economically better families with the experience of watching films on caravan talkies.
In the digital world where good internet access is generally restricted to urban areas, screening of IPL matches at fan parks will always gather more eyeballs.
Here is the full schedule of IPL Fan Parks in 2019
|Day & Date||Match||Cities|
|Saturday, March 23
Sunday, March 24
|CSK vs RCB (8 PM)
KKR vs SRH (4 PM)
MI vs DC (8 PM)
|Saturday, March 30
Sunday, March 31
|KXIP vs MI (4 PM)
DC vs KKR (8 PM)
SRH vs RCB (4 PM)
CSK vs RR (8 PM)
|Saturday, April 6
Sunday, April 7
|CSK vs KXIP (4 PM)
SRH vs MI (8 PM)
RCB vs DC (4 PM)
RR vs KKR (8 PM)
|Saturday, April 13
Sunday, April 14
|MI vs RR (4 PM)
KXIP vs RCB (8 PM)
KKR vs CSK (4 PM)
SRH vs DC (8 PM)
|Saturday, April 20
Sunday, April 21
|RR vs MI (4 PM)
DC vs KXIP (8 PM)
SRH vs KKR (4 PM)
RCB vs CSK (8 PM)
|Saturday, April 27
Sunday, April 28
|RR vs SRH (8 PM)
DC vs RCB (4 PM)
KKR vs MI (8 PM)
|Saturday, May 4
Sunday, May 5
|DC vs RR (4 PM)
RCB vs SRH (8 PM)
KXIP vs CSK (4 PM)
MI vs KKR (8 PM)
IPL 2019 Fan Park Information
IPL Fan Parks Entry Fee – Free
Seating – First Come First Serve
Food and Beverages – Chargeable (Sold inside the Fan Park on Multiple Counters)
IPL Fan Park Timings – As per the match, visitors are advised to reach these parks 2 to 4 hours before, to grab their favourite seats.
A Near-Stadium Experience in Small Towns
Fan Parks work very well in the Indian context considering the population scaling above 130 crore, which wants to be part of the action. The development of Fan Parks is a small illustration of how the league is trying to grow in rural India.
Beholding large footfalls at most of the venues, the Fan Parks have treated plentiful fans to a near-stadium experience in cities that generally do not get to host an IPL battle. With spirited fans cheering their favourite clubs amid bright lights and energetic air, the celebratory mood at a Fan Park is a must to experience once.
See you there, then?
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