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  • Gahunje Stadium IPL live match experience and review in Pune

    Posted on April 15th, 2012 Dimakh 16 comments

    We had a great time watching the Pune Warriors India and Chennai SuperKing IPL T20 match live at the brand new stadium – Subrata Sahara Stadium Gahunje in Pune. This was my first match at the grand stadium and it was an amazing experience. If you are planning to go to a live match then read all the points below about what to do before , during and after the match at the stadium.

    Booking the Tickets for IPL cricket Match – online on www.bookmyshow.com

    My friend Deepak asked me  to see if we could go for a match at the IPL Pune Warriors new den – The Subrata Stadium. I booked the tickets for the CSK – PWI match, I booked 6 tickets for both the families and the booking was a good experience on bookmyshow website. Most of the seats were booked so we ended up buying tickets of Rs.1500/- each. Fortunately we did not have problems in getting tickets couriered to us and the tickets were delivered 2 days before the match. You can also get tickets offline from Deccan Gymkhana, PYC or INOX in Pune. But booking online is the easiest option and most convenient.

    What to carry inside the Stadium

    We wanted to know if we should carry water, food along with us inside the stadium. Will we have adequate facilities inside. Amita was more worried about carrying special food for our  31/2 years old daughter Nakshee as she had to be looked after for almost 5 hours. I had found out online that we are not allowed to carry any eatables, water, purses inside and YES that turned out to be true. So remember – DO NOT CARRY any eatables, NO WATER bottles, NO PURSES or bags. The security guys will simple throw it in trash !! You need not worry as you would be in for a BIG surprise just as we got a surprise when we reached inside the venue. To be on the safer side we did carry sandwiches, soft drinks and other eatables but kept it in the car and this turned out to be a good decision later. Read on to know more.

    How to reach the Subroto roy sahara stadium pune

    We stay just 10 minutes away from the Expressway. So we started at 6 PM for the 8 PM match – Almost 2 hours before. Just when we crossed the Hinjewadi flyover – the CSK team Bus crossed us. Everyone on the road was waving to them and it was like a festive experience. On the road leading to the express way we had a complete traffic jam as all cars were headed to the stadium. The distance which we normally cross in 10 minutes, this time it took almost 45 mins. So I strongly recommend that if you are travelling from somewhere inside the city, start atleast 3 hours before the match.  On the road you will see enough signs and you wont have any problems reaching the stadium. Look out for separate roads for 4 wheelers and 2 wheelers. You would also be guided by a very friendly POLICE groups on the road. They have done a fantastic job in handling the crowd on the road and at the venue.

    Parking at the Gahunje Stadium

    This was a nightmare and a complete chaos. Though the MCA management has tried to do their best , the parking lot is one horrible area where the ground is not even properly leveled. We had to park at far away parking zone and it was atleast a 20 minutes walk from the actual parking, before we could enter the stadium. Watch out for the big stones on the road while walking back and for the huge potholes while driving in this area. If you reach early then you may be lucky to get a parking somewhere near the stadium entry but be prepared to park somewhere far away and walk for 20 minutes.

    Shopping at the Pune Warriors Sahara Stadium

    I am not talking about any autographed bat or some memorabilia but you will see a HUGE gang of hawkers and sellers who are selling everything from PWI flags, Malinga style colored hair, the IPL noisy trumptes, flashing horns etc. But do not buy too many of those especially the flags with sticks, as the security will throw it in trash.

    Security at the Stadium

    Once you cross the big hurdle of parking chaos and the long walk from the parking to the security gate, the journey after that is very smooth and fast. The security is efficient and fast and you will be guided by the sign-ages to quickly  reach your stand. Look out for the stand name printed on your ticket and follow the directions. You will go through 2 levels of security check and a digital scanner to validate your entry ticket. If you are carrying any banned items like water bottles, sticks, purses, bags etc you will have to throw it away or may be look out for some counter to deposit material and collect it later but my strong recommendation is DO NOT carry anything with you.

    Inside the Stadium

    Once you clear the security and are inside the stand, be ready for a magnificent experience. You would be welcomed with complimentary cold water and chips and snacks for everyone and you can have as much as you want. This is not sufficient for your dinner but a good relief  after the walk and I am sure you would be thirsty. You get clean packed water in small plastic glasses which are use and throw. So do not carry any water bottles as you have sufficient and free drinking water inside the stadium. I am not sure if this is only for certain range of tickets. Inside the stadium we had a constant flow of authorized food vendors selling pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, ice creams, popcorns, soft drinks. So our earlier apprehension of what to carry as food was settled as all of us enjoyed the food. Dominos is the official Pizza partner for the stadium and they served hot pizzas which were a delight to eat in the surroundings. You get variety of VEG and NON VEG food inside.

    You will be guided to your seat by a smartly dressed staff member of bookmyshow. Once you get a hang of the surroundings you will realize that  the entire ground just looks awesome . The lights, the crowd, the DJ and then the players!! The atmosphere is really electrifying and a completely different experience from what you see on TV – Setmax official IPL channel.

    The Live Match Experience  of IPL – Pune Warriors Vs Chennai SuperKings


    Click here to watch the video
    Though we started 2 hours before the match we just managed to reach a few minutes before the toss. It was a pleasure to watch the world famous 2 Indian Captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and legendary DADA – Sourav Ganguly. Chennai won the toss and elected to bat against the strong last match score of 200+ . The stadium was packed with enthusiastic crowd and the live DJ kept the crowd busy. We were in for a surprise when we realized that on our seats PWI team had provided a HUGE numbers of PWI flags to wave and a gift to carry it back home as a memory of the experience. So all of a sudden the entire stadium started looking blue in the new PWI colors with everyone waving the flags given to them as a gift !! The cheering was ON right from the first ball and continued through out the innings . The crowd cheered every boundary, sixer and wickets and when a fielder came near the boundary the crowd erupted in support and cheering. The cameras kept the crowd busy and waving and everyone wished that their faces would be flashed on live TV for their friends and family. The suspended overhead camera was a perfect piece of technology that captured on field as well as stadium happenings. After restricting the last year winners CSK to 150+, PWI looked dominating and ready to reach the target. The team played well and finally emerged winners in a thrilling win against the CSK.

    Facilities in the Subroto Sahara PWI stadium

    Except for the horrible parking arrangements, the facilities inside the stadium were just awesome. clod drinking water, good food, clean toilets and well maintained , nice chairs, excellent sign-ages , nice sound system, friendly staff and security. This ensured a very happy experience for the spectators and I am sure the VIP treatment would be well cherished by all the cricket fans and cricket lovers.

    Once the match was over by 11.30 PM it took almost 45 minutes for us to walk all the way back to the car park. The parking lot was full all with a single road for everyone to walk to the parking as well as for cars to go out the entire road was blocked and we were sitting in the car for almost 1 hour before we could actually take an exit from the stadium to the road. We had carried sandwiches and soft drinks so we had a late night dinner in the car. We reached the road well past 1 PM and were surprised to see all the hotels packed on the road with hungry cricket fans. So plan about your dinner well in advance and be prepared for a very very late night outing before you reach home.

    But overall a great experience and we had an awesome outing for the family. So yes IPL is a great family outing opportunity and everyone should experience this in the stadium. We are already planning for the next match and looking out for tickets on bookmyshow.

    do drop in your comments

    -Dimakh


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  • How to reach Pune Gahunje Cricket Stadium of Pune Warriors

    Posted on April 7th, 2012 Dimakh No comments

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    The Pune warriors are all set to begin the new season from their home ground. The first Indian Premier League match between home team Pune Warriors and Punjab will be played on Sunday April 8 2012. Recently Superintendent of police (Pune Rural) S S Solunke and president of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Ajay Shirke spoke about the arrangements at a press conference on Friday.

    If you want to know – How to reach Pune Gahunje Cricket Stadium of Pune Warriors – then follow the details as below

    Start atleast 3 hours early if you plan to start from Pune city center. This will give you a lot of time to figure out the exact route and also avoid the rush to the cricket stadium.

    So if you are coming from Pune in a four wheeler – Remember DO NOT GO ON EXPRESSWAY – you have to take left exist just before the fly over.

    Once you reach University junction in Pune, take the baner road and keep going straight , at Hotel Sadanand take right towards Mumbai. There is no access to the stadium from the expressway. The stadium can be reached only via separate service roads meant for four-wheelers and two-wheelers.

    To reach the stadium from Pune-Satara road or Sinhgad road or Kothrud, one has to travel down the Katraj-Dehu Road bypass and reach Kiwale junction, the starting point of the Pune-Mumbai expressway.

    People using four-wheelers must not take the expressway. Instead, they must keep left while driving, and take the exit on the left near the Kiwale junction. This exit is the starting point of a service road which reaches the stadium.

    “Two service roads, one for entry and the other as an exit, have been built for four-wheelers. No two-wheeler will be allowed to use these service roads on either sides of the expressway. Four-wheeler users will have to use the service road on the left which runs parallel to the expressway from Pune-side. There will be one-way traffic on this service road,” Solunke said.

    Once the match is over, four wheelers will have to use the exit service road, on the left of the expressway from Mumbai-side. The service road ends at Kiwale junction.

    Two-wheelers coming from Pune will also have to use the Dehu Road-Katraj bypass, cross Kiwale junction and reach Mamurdi village road off the bypass. Four-wheeler users will not be allowed to use this road to reach the stadium, Solunke said.

    After the match, two-wheeler users will have to use the same village road to first reach Dehu Road-Katraj bypass and then travel to Pune. Traffic signs and direction boards will be put up at various places for four- and two-wheelers, Solunke said.

    Traffic policemen deployed at various places will assist people. Ten cranes and ambulances will be used for towing away vehicles and for providing emergency treatment.

    Parking arrangements near Subrata Roy Sahara stadium – READ MORE

    Access routes to the stadium for two-wheelers and four-wheelers are separate from each other

    Four-wheeler parking is at two places while there is a separate parking lot for two-wheelers. Parking is free.

    The first parking lot, called the Peninsula parking is near the stadium. The second lot, called Lodha parking is near the entry service road for four-wheelers.

    Vehicle users will have to walk for 10 to 12 minutes to reach the entry gate of the stadium, Together, over 5,300 vehicles can be parked. The two-wheeler parking lot is along Mamurdi village road.

    MCA Pune International Cricket Centre  is the newly constructed cricket stadium in the city of Pune, Maharashtra.

    Follow these instructions

    Spectators will be allowed entry to the stadium from gate numbers 1 and 3. No baggages, purses or eatables will be allowed. Cellphone can be taken inside the stadium

    Over 1,500 policemen will be deputed for security and traffic arrangements

    Rural police officials have said people must start at least three hours before the matches begin

    Be vigilant and alert about any suspicious objects

    People can call the following numbers in case they spot any suspicious objects - Talegaon police ( 02114222444 ); Dehu Road police      ( 02027671288 ); Pune rural ( 02025657171 and 02025671962 ).

    Do not overtake or park vehicles at recklessly any place

    Follow traffic signs and direction boards.

    How to reach Pune Gahunje Cricket Stadium of Pune Warriors FROM MUMBAI

    You will have to come all the way to pune exit come towards the bypass road and then again take a U turn and follow same instructions as given above.


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  • Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, inaugurated on Sunday 1st April 2012

    Posted on April 3rd, 2012 Dimakh 1 comment

    Shri.Sharad Pawar inaugurated this stadium on Sunday the 1st April 2012. Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) announced its ultra modern Stadium at Pune is being named ‘Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium’.
    International Cricket Council (ICC) President Sharad Pawar on Saturday made announcement in this regard.
    Originally the stadium was proposed to be christened as Sahara India Group, but owing to technical reasons whereby rules did not permit naming after any Corporate brand or Company name, MCA thought of naming the state-of-the-art stadium after the name of the visionary Chairman and Managing Worker of Sahara India Pariwar, as Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.
    MCA has embarked upon building its own stadium and work on the project started in 2007 after locating a suitable land at Gahunje; alongside the Expressway.
    This ultra modern stadium is being built in two phases and the work for the first phase started in the November 2009. Designed by world renowned architects Hopkins from UK the work is being carried out by Shapoorji Pallonji and company.
    One of the major challenges before the association was to secure financial closure of the project as the large investment required to build such a state-of-the-art stadium was beyond the reach of the association alone.
    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) initially assisted the project by increasing the grant for the stadium to Rs 50 crores.
    Sahara will have naming rights for the stadium in perpetuity. They will also build an ultra modern club at the site of the stadium with modern amenities and facilities with 40 rooms at their own cost and will get rights to sell membership for the club.
    Pune Warriors team will make this stadium as their base and home ground. The bid completes and secures the closure of the financial package required to build phase one and two of the stadium and the club as well.
    Amar.

    ICC president and Union Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Sunday inaugurated the international cricket stadium built by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) at Gahunje, near here, which will host IPL matches this season.

    The Rs. 300 crore stadium, with a capacity of 45,000, is named as “Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium” and will be a home ground for the Sahara Pune Warriors team in the IPL.

    Mr Pawar hailed the role of MCA and its president Ajay Shirke in shaping the stadium, which he said, was “one of the best he had seen in the country”.

    He said the new stadium could be considered as a venue of international matches to be played at Pune by ICC with the BCCI proposal to that effect.

    Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who was present, unveiled a statue of legendary cricketer D B Deodhar at the stadium.

    Those present on the occasion included Subrata Roy, chairman of the Sahara India group, which has contributed towards the construction of the stadium.

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  • Sourav Ganguly to captain Pune Warriors

    Posted on March 23rd, 2012 Dimakh No comments

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    Sourav Ganguly – the former Indian Cricket team captain has been officially appointed as the captain and a mentor of the Pune Warriors team. This is for the 2012 season of IPL starting from April 4.

    “We are extremely proud that the Sourav Ganguly is the Captain and Mentor of Pune Warriors India in this season of IPL. I am sure that his experience, expertise and deep understanding of the nuances of the game will definitely infuse an exemplary spirit of passion and commitment amongst the members of the team,” Sahara supremo Subrata Roy  was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the franchise.

    The Pune warriors are all set to begin the new season from their home ground. MCA Pune International Cricket Centre  is the newly constructed cricket stadium in the city of Pune, Maharashtra. The stadium has come up in the Gahunje area of Mumbai-Pune Expressway near city. The stadium is the headquarter for Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) and home ground for the Maharashtra cricket team as well Sahara Pune Warriors, the IPL team. This is  a state-of-the-art modern stadium, which  looks to be one of the best stadiums in India. The brand new Pune cricket stadium is the home ground for the new IPL team Sahara Pune Warriors. Pune IPL team will play all their home matches at this stadium.

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  • Pune Warriors IPL T20 2012 Match Schedule, PW IPL T20 5 Fixtures, Time Table 2012 season 5

    Posted on January 21st, 2012 Dimakh No comments

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    Pune Warriors IPL 2012 Match Schedule, PW IPL T20 5 Fixtures, Time Table 2012

    Pune Warriors IPL 2012 Match Schedule, PW IPL T20 5 Fixtures, Time Table 2012

    Date and Time Match Result
    Fri Apr 6
    10:30 GMT | 16:00 local
    16:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors
    Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    N/A
    Sun Apr 8
    14:30 GMT | 20:00 local
    20:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Pune Warriors v Kings XI Punjab
    Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    N/A
    Thu Apr 12
    14:30 GMT | 20:00 local
    20:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Kings XI Punjab v Pune Warriors
    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
    N/A
    Sat Apr 14
    14:30 GMT | 20:00 local
    20:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings
    Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    N/A
    Tue Apr 17
    14:30 GMT | 20:00 local
    20:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors
    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
    N/A
    Thu Apr 19
    14:30 GMT | 20:00 local
    20:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Chennai Super Kings v Pune Warriors
    MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
    N/A
    Sat Apr 21
    14:30 GMT | 20:00 local
    20:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Delhi Daredevils v Pune Warriors
    Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
    N/A
    Tue Apr 24
    10:30 GMT | 16:00 local
    16:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Pune Warriors v Delhi Daredevils
    Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    N/A
    Thu Apr 26
    14:30 GMT | 20:00 local
    20:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Pune Warriors v Deccan Chargers
    Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    N/A
    Tue May 1
    10:30 GMT | 16:00 local
    16:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Deccan Chargers v Pune Warriors
    Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
    N/A
    Thu May 3
    10:30 GMT | 16:00 local
    16:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Pune Warriors v Mumbai Indians
    Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    N/A
    Sat May 5
    10:30 GMT | 16:00 local
    16:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Kolkata Knight Riders v Pune Warriors
    Eden Gardens, Kolkata
    N/A
    Tue May 8
    10:30 GMT | 16:00 local
    16:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Pune Warriors v Rajasthan Royals
    Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    N/A
    Fri May 11
    14:30 GMT | 20:00 local
    20:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore
    Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    N/A
    Sun May 13
    10:30 GMT | 16:00 local
    16:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Rajasthan Royals v Pune Warriors
    Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
    N/A
    Sat May 19
    14:30 GMT | 20:00 local
    20:00 IST
    Indian Premier League
    Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders
    Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune

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  • ipl pune team ground – Sahara Pune Warriors

    Posted on January 14th, 2012 Dimakh No comments

    MCA Pune International Cricket Centre  is the newly constructed cricket stadium in the city of Pune, Maharashtra. The stadium has come up in the Gahunje area of Mumbai-Pune Expressway near city. The stadium is the headquarter for Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) and home ground for the Maharashtra cricket team as well Sahara Pune Warriors, the IPL team. This is  a state-of-the-art modern stadium, which  looks to be one of the best stadiums in India. The brand new Pune cricket stadium is the home ground for the new IPL team Sahara Pune Warriors. Pune IPL team will play all their home matches at this stadium.

    MCA had appointed Hopkins Architects to design a MCA Pune International Cricket Centre with 44,000 seat stadium in Pune just few hours from financial city Mumbai. Earlier, Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium was being considered for refitting the stadium for the city of Pune, but as stadium was owned by Pune Municpal Corporation, conflict arosed which led the decision to built the brand new stadium for the city of Pune.

    The cost of building the stadium would be around 300 Crore Rupees or $65 Million USD. The stadium would be built in the area of 125,000m2.

    Sumedha Earth Movers commenced the levelling and excavation work on the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) international centre at Village Gahunje in 2009.

    The work on phase one of the Rs 300 crore Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, which is being built near Gahunje village, has been completed. The international stadium, the work for which began in 2009, was completed in April this year but owing to various delays in getting permissions and technical glitches, the work eventually concluded under a revised contract in December.

    MCA president Ajay Shirke said, “Under phase one, we will have a seating capacity of 44,000 people. The seating arrangement in the stadium is such that all the spectators, irrespective of the stands they are seated, will have an unobstructed view of the entire playing field. We have kept the minutest details in mind so that the stadium is a viewer-friendly venue.” Shirke said that of the Rs 207 crore that was promised by Sahara, a total of two installments of Rs 67 crore and 41 crore have been released. “Further payments will be made as and when the stadium is completed and handed over,” he said.

    Shirke said the proposal to host IPL (Indian Premier League) matches came up for discussion at the recent IPL governing council meeting. The committee, however, proposed that first class matches should be held before hosting international and IPL matches to gauge the playing surface at the venue.

    “We decided to host the first class matches first and bagged an opportunity to host the semi-final between Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh from December 21,” said Shirke.

    The game, which was originally to be played in Ratnagiri, will now be played at the new stadium.

    The work on the second phase of the stadium will begin from June 2012 and is likely to be completed by the end of the year. The second phase will see the expansion of the east and west stands. As many as 90 corporate boxes will be built in the stadium. The 1.25 lakh sq feet stadium will be the first stadium in the country to have a special, quick-drying outfield.

    The home matches of IPL’s Pune Warriors will be played in the upcoming edition of the league. The total capacity of the stadium will be 52,000 with the grand stand alone accommodating 10,000 spectators. The road leading to the stadium will be completed by February 15.

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