The BCCI has confirmed that The IPL 2022 playoffs will be played in front of full capacity crowds in Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
This will be the first time in two years that the IPL will witness full capacity crowds. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the preceding two seasons were either played in front of empty stadiums or with low capacity.
The IPL had initially authorised 25% spectators during the league portion of the 2022 season. After the general Covid-19 situation in India remained rather constant, the capacity was increased to 50%.
So far, there are only 4 grounds used for the league stage matches, which are being played solely in Maharashtra. The four grounds that have been used so far are the Wankhede Stadium and Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, and the MCA Stadium in Pune.
As per the reports, now, Qualifier 1 and Eliminator will be held at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24 and 25 respectively.
After a day’s break of 1-day Eliminator 2 and the final will be in Ahmedabad at the Narendra Modi Stadium on May 27 and 29 respectively.
In February, both Kolkata and Ahmedabad hosted the limited-overs series between India and the West Indies. While the ODI portion of the series was contested behind closed doors in Ahmedabad, the T20I matches in Kolkata were open to 75 percent of the stadium capacity.
BCCI on IPL 2022 Playoffs
On 22nd May the final league stage match will take place between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Punjab Kings (PBKS).
Thereafter, the teams who reach the play-offs stage will move to their respective locations in Kolkata / Ahmedabad.
The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said
“As far as the men’s IPL knockout stage matches are concerned, it would be held in Kolkata and Ahmedabad, with 100% attendance allowed for the matches to be played after the league stage finishes on May 22,”
Meanwhile, After an apex council meeting of the board on Saturday, Ganguly announced that the three-team Women’s T20 Challenge will be conducted in Lucknow from May 24 to 28.