The Chepauk Stadium in Chennai is one of the well-known venues in India. It has hosted several memorable international matches as well as Indian Premier League (IPL) games. But, in the last few years, it has suffered some legal issues over its three stands. However, now, there is news that MCC has agreed to open the stands for the fans with some modification in the near future.
The stadium was hit with some legal controversy due to which its three stands I, J and K were closed for the spectators. It also deprived Chennai from hosting matches during various tournaments like the World T20 in 2016 and the IPL 2019.
There were speculations that the non-operational stands will be opened for an ODI game between India and West Indies but that was not the case. Now, R. Ramesh, the President of Madras Cricket Club (MCC) said that the general meeting that was held on Wednesday went as per the plans.
He stated that the MCC will apply CMDA in order to carry out the demolition of the gym. While confirming the same he also said that the gym is not a heritage property so they are certain to get permission for the same.
According to Ramesh, only the squash courts, billiards room, club office and MCC complex are reckoned as the heritage property. The gym will get demolished near February in order to get the stadium ready for the upcoming international and IPL match. Moreover, the MCC chief looked quite happy over the fact that they will get to watch more spectators at Cheapauk in big games.
As per the quotes in Sportstar, Ramesh further explained, “Now we will apply to the corporation and the CMDA for permission to carry out the demolition and we are sure we will be granted that since the gym is not a part of any heritage structure. Only the two old squash courts, the billiards room and the club office, the three buildings within the MCC complex, have been declared heritage structures.”