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IPL 2021: Fans will return to the stadium in limited capacity for the rest of the season

IPL 2021 will see fans return to the stadium for the first time in two years for the competition.© Twitter

Limited spectators will be allowed into stadiums when the much-anticipated Indian Premier League resumes in the UAE later this week, the organizers of the event announced on Wednesday. The IPL, which was suspended mid-May due to the COVID-19 cases in its bio bubble, will resume from Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium with defending champions Mumbai Indians along with Chennai Super Kings.

“This match will be a momentous occasion as IPL will welcome fans to the stadium after a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 situation,” an IPL statement said.

“The matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, with limited seating available in keeping with the COVID protocols and UAE government regulations,” it added.

This will be the first time since 2019 that the IPL will be played in front of an audience.

Last year, the league was played behind closed doors in the UAE, while the first half of the 2021 edition was also played inside a strict bio-bubble.

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Although league organizers did not specify how many fans would be allowed inside, sources said their attendance would be 50 per cent of the stadium’s capacity.

“Fans can purchase tickets for the rest of the tournament from September 16 on the official website www.iplt20.com. Tickets can also be purchased on PlatinumList.net,” league organizers said.

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