BCCI launches fanpark initiative for 2015 IPL

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will stage fanparks to promote this year’s Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition.

The IPL FanPark initiative will visit 15 cities across India during the tournament, which starts on April 8. The week one fanparks will be in Nagpur and Agra on April 11 and 12.

Venues will open between two and four hours before the start of each match to allow fans to take part in a host of activities, with the BCCI placing a particular emphasis on engaging with families and younger fans.

Matches will be shown live on big screens at each fanpark in collaboration with the IPL’s broadcast partner Sony Max, while entry is free and on a first-come-first-served basis.

BCCI honorary secretary Anurag Thakur said: “T20 provides the perfect platform for us to grow the game and take it to newer venues. During the summer months fanparks will provide an ideal outing for families. The IPL FanPark aims to bring the match venues to those who have not been able to watch a cricket match from the stands in a stadium so far.

“It will enhance the experience of viewing and following the game for thousands of loyal fans. We are working closely with all the state associations of BCCI as well as our broadcast partners and sponsors in delivering this. We are creating a scalable model with plans to add more centres in the years to come. I expect fans to turn up in large numbers and enjoy the cricket with their friends and family.”