Correspondent

CUTTACK: As cricket players of both India and Sri Lanka arrived in Bhubaneswar on Saturday evening for their crucial encounter on Monday, the refurbished Barabati Stadium in Cuttack is all set to provide the best of facilities to the international cricketers.

The host Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) has made elaborate arrangements for the comfort of all cricket lovers at the Stadium with a whopping budget of over Rs. 3 crore.

While it is expected that a major chunk of this budget would come from the sale proceeds of entry tickets, the organisers are expecting about a crore of rupees from its advertisers.

Similarly, the entire match has been insured for an amount of Rs. 14 crore with Oriental Insurance Company which would cover the ground, properties of the stadium and the crowd.

The spectators have been insured for Rs. 3 crore, sources said.

While all the Barabati tickets were sold out late on Friday evening, the organisers however have come under severe flak for not allotting more tickets for public. Out some 40,000 capacity only 16,000 tickets were sold to public, keeping a large chunk of it as complimentary passes.

Even after exhaust of all tickets from the counters around 7.30 p.m. on Friday, more than 3,000 cricket buffs returned disheartened for not getting a ticket for the ODI.

The organisers however, expressing solidarity with these unfortunate cricket lovers, have decided to erect at least eight huge LCD screens around the stadium on Monday to facilitate the crowd to watch the match on screen from outside.

The added attraction of the stadium this time would be its state-of-the-art Players’ Dressing room which is tipped to be of international standard having sophisticated bathrooms with sauna bath facilities and body massaging. Similarly, the stadium this time has a Corporate Box with 1,300 capacity where the occupants can watch the match under centrally AC glass boxes with food, drinks, and beverages under soothing music.

Each corporate box is attached with dining hall, toilets and LCD TVs for giving cozy comfort to the lucky ones who have coughed Rs. 8,000 per ticket.

The stadium is also equipped with a sophisticated Press Box which can accommodate some 400 journalists and there is a grand conference room attached to the Press Box for the team captains to address the mediamen.