The iconic cricket stadium in Mumbai – Wankhede stadium has now been in the guided tours after the Mumbai Cricket Association has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Maharashtra Tourism and Development Corporation Limited recently. The news was confirmed by the Tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray on his Twitter account.
He tweeted, “This afternoon, MTDC signed an MoU with the @MumbaiCricAssoc
for the Wankhede Stadium Experience tour. This stadium isn’t just a place for fans, but devotees of cricket as well. We intend to make this pilgrimage to Wankhede, a moment to remember happily for life!”
This afternoon, MTDC signed an MoU with the @MumbaiCricAssoc for the Wankhede Stadium Experience tour. This stadium isn’t just a place for fans, but devotees of cricket as well. We intend to make this pilgrimage to Wankhede, a moment to remember happily for life! pic.twitter.com/CJ9w2R8NBz
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) October 9, 2020
Meanwhile, The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has been planning to build a museum in th building near to them and they have already formed a committee to start the work, according to the report of The Times of India. Meanwhile, the MoU was signed between Patil and MTDC’s MD Ashutosh Salil.
“We are delighted to partner with the Government of Maharashtra tourism department to promote the iconic Wankhede stadium for tourists and fans alike and experience the rich heritage of Mumbai cricket and great cricketing moments associated with our stadium,” MCA president Vijay Patil said to the newspaper on Friday.
On the other hand, the famous Wankhede stadium has seen a lot of games – be it domestic or international. 25 international Test matches, 22 ODIs and 7 T20Is have been hosted in this stadium. However, it has a special place in the Indian cricket fans’ hearts ever since India won the 2011 World Cup by defeating Sri Lanka in the final under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
However, The stadium tours are likely to be added to the revenue of Mumbai Cricket Association. Meanwhile, this is not new as many countries like Spain (for Camp Nou in Barcelona and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid) and the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia have already guided tours.
Even in India, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) in Dharamshala opens a stand for the tourists. And, this helps top football, cricket and tennis clubs to earn revenue as well.