PCA tries ‘buy-one, get-one-free’ gimmick to fill stadium

December 22nd, 2008 - 9:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Mohali (Punjab), Dec 22 (IANS) Unable to ensure even a decent crowd attendance at the ongoing second cricket Test between India and England at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here, the organisers have made a last-ditch effort to salvage the situation.For the fifth and the last day of the Test match Tuesday, the PCA authorities Monday announced a companion entry with every valid ticket.

Every spectator carrying a ticket for the terrace block, VIP block, chair block, members’ block and students block will Tuesday be allowed to take along one companion.

“This means that for every valid ticket, two spectators can enter the stadium. This is a goodwill gesture from the PCA for the spectators,” PCA honorary joint secretary G.S. Walia said here.

However, the offer will not be applicable for the high-end air-conditioned (AC) lounge and the corporate boxes.

The PCA Stadium has seen near empty stands on the first four days of the Test match. Monday saw around 3,000 spectators in the stadium that has a sitting capacity for nearly 30,000 spectators and offers best facilities in the country.

The low attendance here is being attributed to the heavy security around the venue after the Mumbai terror attack, the cold wave conditions prevailing over the region, and the end-term December examinations taking place in educational institutions.

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