Ignoring all the norms of social distancing, people who love cricket in the city rushed to the MA Chidambaram Stadium to get their tickets for the upcoming second test between India and England, which led to chaos and confusion.
Although all ticket sales took place online, fans had to pick up their physical tickets from the stadium.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has allowed a 50 per cent crowd for the second test between India and England, marking the entry of spectators for a sporting event in the country after nearly a year.
Throughout Thursday, social media was picked up by reports of long queues in front of the stadium and a lack of social distancing from the crowds, but a TNCA official said things were sorted out after initial confusion.
“TNCA announced that tickets booked online for the second test could be purchased from February 11. However, they did not seem to understand it and came to the stadium, which led to crowds and confusion,” the TNCA official told PTI. .
The official also said ticketing would be smoother on Friday. “A crazy crowd in Chepauk to get physical tickets. Friends standing in line for the last few hours and the crowd hasn’t moved an inch,” a Twitter user posted.
Against the background of the gross violation of social norms for distancing, there were also reports that a person had fainted after waiting in line for a long time. City police sources said there was a huge crowd, adding that the situation was being well managed by police personnel seconded there.
Several Twitter users wrote about the confusion and chaos that reigned around the stadium until the authorities took control.
“I had the worst day of my life, standing in line for more than 6 hours to redeem my #INDvsENG test tickets in #chepauk, coming back empty-handed with leg pain and frustration,” a Twitter user posted.
Harry Saravanan, an avid fan of the game, said a large number of people went to the stadium to buy tickets. A large number of people came to Chepauk (on Thursday), so there was confusion. Most people thought they could only redeem tickets today, but that’s not the case, “he said.
He said he would go to the stadium on Friday to buy his tickets, adding that authorities had announced that tickets could be bought on Saturday as well.