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IPL: Fans advised to arrive early for Dubai match

Dubai: Fans are being urged to arrive as early as possible for Wednesday’s Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Another massive crowd, following on from Saturday’s double-header sell-out, is expected at Dubai Sports City when M.S. Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings take on the Rajasthan Royals, led by Shane Watson, starting at 6.30pm.

Dubai Sports City General Manager for Sports Business, Maqbul Dudhia, says that with the match falling on a weekday, traffic levels are expected to be higher than at the weekend on both nearby Hessa Street and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.

“We are looking forward to another big crowd for Wednesday’s match and cannot wait to host more action in the Pepsi Indian Premier League at Dubai Sports City after the great success of last Saturday’s double-header,” he said.

“But we would urge fans attending the action to look to arrive as early as they can because, being a weekday, we anticipate a greater volume of traffic than last Saturday as people will be returning home after work.

“We want to ensure that spectators get to see every ball so, the earlier they arrive ahead of the 6.30pm start, the better.

“Gates for the match will open at 4pm and there is plenty of free parking near the stadium next to Canal Residence and at North Point, a five-minute walk from the venue, all of which is signposted.

“We have a handful of tickets left for the match but, with excitement growing around the tournament and with players like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Watson and Sanju Samson on show, we believe those remaining tickets will be snapped up. Everything is in place for another memorable night at Dubai Sports City.”

Ticket-holders with their own transport are advised to avoid Hessa Street between Shaikh Zayed Road and the exit to Al Khail Road and to use other connecting roads to Dubai Sports City via Al Khail Road and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.

The F29 bus runs from the Mall of the Emirates to the stadium.

Dudhia also updated the situation regarding ticket availability for the remaining matches in Dubai.

“Tickets are still available, although selling fast, for Monday, May 28, and Wednesday, May 30, but we are sold out for our remaining double-header this Friday,” he said.

Tickets are available at a variety of outlets including the Dubai Sports City box office, Lulu Hypermarkets, AJ Sports and online at www.ticketmaster.ae.