The Sunday Leader

Arrangements In Place For World Cup Spectators

By Dinouk Colombage

With the World Cup matches having moved to the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo, Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya has outlined the plans put in place for vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
With crowds expected for the games in Colombo to be in excess of 35,000 the IGP has appealed to the public to follow the procedures, which will help ensure entering and exiting the stadium can be done so in an orderly manner. Deputy Inspector General, Anura Senanayake, explained that relevant entrances will be clearly marked at the stadium and the roads leading up to the grounds. He further explained that entry for the Rs. 50 and Rs. 100 ticket holders will be from the Kettarama – Pradeepa Mawatha junction. While those holding Rs. 250 and Rs. 500 tickets will be entering from the New Bodhiraja Mawatha. Officials, media and those holding Rs. 5000 tickets will be entering from the Babapulle Mawatha.
Mahinda Balasuriya also stressed that the public must not buy any tickets from outsiders at the entrance to the stadiums. He added that all tickets have been sold out for this game and urged those who have not purchased tickets to stay away from the stadium as they will not be allowed to enter or purchase tickets on the day.
Cricket fans who have been unable to purchase tickets will be able to watch the matches on giant screens set up at the P D Sirisena Grounds, Colombo, Nawaloka playground, Peliyagoda, Galle Face Grounds and Parliament Grounds. Entrance will be free.
Suraj Dandeniya, Sri Lanka cricket organiser, instructed those who wish to bring a papare band to the matches can do so after receiving prior approval from Sri Lanka Cricket.

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