Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. (Photo Source: X/Twitter)
Cricket enthusiasts are encountering numerous challenges in their efforts to attend the final of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19. Fans are struggling with the tasks of securing accommodations and tickets. They find themselves caught in the web of soaring flight prices and excessively high hotel costs. Notably, India will take on either South Africa or Australia in the summit clash at the world’s largest cricket stadium.
Fans from various parts of the country and foreign countries had promptly started planning their trip to Ahmedabad soon after the announcement of the ODI World Cup 2023 schedule, months before India secured a place in the finals. However, it evolved into a formidable challenge as hotel prices surged from Rs 24,000 per night to an exorbitant Rs 2,15,000 per night.
As per Money Control, with just days remaining until the final, a basic hotel room may now cost Rs 10,000 a night. Premium accommodations, including four and five-star hotels, are approaching close to Rs 1 lakh. This trend was observed before the high-octane clash between India and Pakistan in Ahmedabad when both hotel and ticket prices skyrocketed.
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Meanwhile, travel booking platforms like Booking.com, MakeMyTrip, and Agoda reported a substantial increase in searches for stays in Ahmedabad before the India versus Pakistan clash and continue to do so leading up to the finals. Google flight data indicated a 200% to 300% surge in the price of round-trip flight tickets. Meanwhile, flight tickets are currently priced at over Rs 15,000 from Delhi to Ahmedabad on November 18. Moreover, as per the BookMyShow, the final phase of match tickets is now completely sold out.
BCCI makes E-Ticket printouts mandatory for fans ahead of ODI World Cup 2023 Final
Furthermore, the mandatory requirement to collect e-ticket printouts from stadium counters a couple of days before the historic ODI World Cup 2023 Final contributed to the surge. Jay Shah, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), recently announced that fans may collect their tickets from dedicated counters.