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Mumbai's iconic Wankhede Stadium to be open for tourists, fans

Tourists and fans will be able to take a tour of the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It is the same ground where India won the 2011 World Cup when captain MS Dhoni hit a six to seal the final against Sri Lanka

Iconic Wankhede Stadium Mumbai to be open tourists fans apc
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Mumbai, First Published Sep 22, 2020, 5:26 PM IST
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Mumbai: The iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will be open for tourists and fans to take a tour as the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has agreed in principle for the same, Maharashtra tourism and environment minister Aaditya Thackeray said on Tuesday (September 22).

Aaditya, the son of Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, took to Twitter to share the news. He also said IPL franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) will be asked to be a part of this stadium experience.

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“We at the Tourism Dept had requested @MumbaiCricAssoc to work with us on opening up of Wankhede Stadium for a stadium experience tour to tourists and fans from around the world. They have agreed in principle to work together on the same,” Aaditya tweeted.

Iconic Wankhede Stadium Mumbai to be open tourists fans apc

Also, the minister said they had discussed on having a cricket museum in Wakhede Stadium or at any other suitable place in Mumbai. “Along with the stadium experience tour, I had discussed with Hon’ble Sharad Pawar sir earlier, and MCA President Vijay Patil ji, on having a museum of “Indian Cricket emanating from Mumbai”. The MCA has agreed for this as well, to be either in Wankhede or any suitable place (sic),” he tweeted.

Further, he wrote, “I’m thankful to the MCA apex committee for this key partnership. For most of us, Cricket is a religion. Wankhede is where India won the World Cup. This truly shall be a place for not just tourists, but for devotees of cricket and their fav players. Thank you @VijaypatilD ji (sic).”

“Along with me, MoS @iAditiTatkare ji, @valsanair  ji and @salilashutosh ji are personally keen to ensure that we showcase our rich cricketing heritage to the world (sic),” he added. “We would Ofcourse be requesting @mipaltan as well to be a part of this stadium experience!”

In April 2011, India won the World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium. Captain MS Dhoni’s famous six in the final against Sri Lanka is etched in every Indian cricket fan’s memory as that shot sealed the world title for India after 28 years.

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