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invisibleman
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 12:19 on 29th Jul 2012

Joined: 13:02 on 27th Sep 2011
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Was in the Vithal Divecha stand in 2006, under cover seating, but could get the sun in the front rows in the afternoon if you wanted it!
The ground has since been fully redeveloped in 2011.
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swanseanick
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 23:07 on 5th Aug 2012

Joined: 17:19 on 7th May 2012
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With it being my first time abroad watching England I have just a few questions re the Mumbai test:

Will there tend to be an area, for instance, at the Wankhede where most England fans will sit, or are fans scattered around the ground?

Can you drink and buy food in the stadium?

Probably really obvious answers to most, but with it being my first tour I have no idea what to expect :lol:

Many thanks in advance for the help.

I will be in Mumbai for a week. Very excited but a little nervous as well (first time to the subcontinent!)
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 08:06 on 6th Aug 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2361
swanseanick Wrote:
With it being my first time abroad watching England I have just a few questions re the Mumbai test:

Will there tend to be an area, for instance, at the Wankhede where most England fans will sit, or are fans scattered around the ground?

Can you drink and buy food in the stadium?

Probably really obvious answers to most, but with it being my first tour I have no idea what to expect :lol:

Many thanks in advance for the help.

I will be in Mumbai for a week. Very excited but a little nervous as well (first time to the subcontinent!)


As others have mentioned, the Wankhede has been redeveloped since England last played there. Last time though the bulk of independent England fans seemed to congregate in the mid-priced seats in the Southern part of the ground. There were plenty scattered around other parts of the ground though.

Regarding food and drink, there will almost certainly be some available. Whether the food will be either pleasant or safe to eat is another matter. Last time both me and the lad I was sharing a room with missed Day 2 of the Mumbai Test with stomach bugs. The only thing we'd both eaten in the previous 24 hours were the stadium samosas on Day 1. Incidentally I was also sick the day after eating stadium food in Nagpur at the last World Cup. It could all be a coincidence of course. However in both cases there was no soap provided in the washrooms. If none is provided for spectators, then the same will apply to those handling and preparing the food.

Stadium food tends to be pre-prepared, and anything pre-prepared rather than freshly cooked can be a bit risky.
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swanseanick
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 21:52 on 6th Aug 2012

Joined: 17:19 on 7th May 2012
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Big Harvey Wrote:
swanseanick Wrote:
With it being my first time abroad watching England I have just a few questions re the Mumbai test:

Will there tend to be an area, for instance, at the Wankhede where most England fans will sit, or are fans scattered around the ground?

Can you drink and buy food in the stadium?

Probably really obvious answers to most, but with it being my first tour I have no idea what to expect :lol:

Many thanks in advance for the help.

I will be in Mumbai for a week. Very excited but a little nervous as well (first time to the subcontinent!)


As others have mentioned, the Wankhede has been redeveloped since England last played there. Last time though the bulk of independent England fans seemed to congregate in the mid-priced seats in the Southern part of the ground. There were plenty scattered around other parts of the ground though.

Regarding food and drink, there will almost certainly be some available. Whether the food will be either pleasant or safe to eat is another matter. Last time both me and the lad I was sharing a room with missed Day 2 of the Mumbai Test with stomach bugs. The only thing we'd both eaten in the previous 24 hours were the stadium samosas on Day 1. Incidentally I was also sick the day after eating stadium food in Nagpur at the last World Cup. It could all be a coincidence of course. However in both cases there was no soap provided in the washrooms. If none is provided for spectators, then the same will apply to those handling and preparing the food.

Stadium food tends to be pre-prepared, and anything pre-prepared rather than freshly cooked can be a bit risky.


Excellent, thanks for the help.
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Eggmanfoo
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 07:38 on 8th Aug 2012

Joined: 13:35 on 20th May 2008
Posts: 231
swanseanick Wrote:
With it being my first time abroad watching England I have just a few questions re the Mumbai test:

Will there tend to be an area, for instance, at the Wankhede where most England fans will sit, or are fans scattered around the ground?

Can you drink and buy food in the stadium?

Probably really obvious answers to most, but with it being my first tour I have no idea what to expect :lol:

Many thanks in advance for the help.

I will be in Mumbai for a week. Very excited but a little nervous as well (first time to the subcontinent!)


Big H is pretty much bang on as usual. If the food (hot food) is made in front of you, like I had in Bang last year, then is fine. I saw the samosas being deep fried and had no problems. Avoid food that has been sat around all day. Also, you will be allowed a pass out at lunch and tea...so use this to get some local food and escape the stifling heat of the ground. Re the drinks, pouches of water (panni) will be available, along with soft drinks. A group of us last time, bought a whole box of pouches and saved a fortune. Chai (surprisingly refreshing) will also be on sale. Just dont let them rip you off. Take note of what the locals pay. You may think its stupid to argue over 40p extra for an ice cream, but it is important (I wont go into the reasons)
There wont be an alcohol in the ground (maybe with the exception of the VIP exec boxes), for a number of reasons.
Also beware of what you do take to the ground. Cigs and lighters will be taken from you, and you might not be allowed a camera, so hide things well.
Buy a ticket for a stand you think the english will be in on day one, and once you have identified the best stand for you, buy the remainder of your tickets for this stand
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swanseanick
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 15:43 on 13th Aug 2012

Joined: 17:19 on 7th May 2012
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Eggmanfoo Wrote:
swanseanick Wrote:
With it being my first time abroad watching England I have just a few questions re the Mumbai test:

Will there tend to be an area, for instance, at the Wankhede where most England fans will sit, or are fans scattered around the ground?

Can you drink and buy food in the stadium?

Probably really obvious answers to most, but with it being my first tour I have no idea what to expect :lol:

Many thanks in advance for the help.

I will be in Mumbai for a week. Very excited but a little nervous as well (first time to the subcontinent!)


Big H is pretty much bang on as usual. If the food (hot food) is made in front of you, like I had in Bang last year, then is fine. I saw the samosas being deep fried and had no problems. Avoid food that has been sat around all day. Also, you will be allowed a pass out at lunch and tea...so use this to get some local food and escape the stifling heat of the ground. Re the drinks, pouches of water (panni) will be available, along with soft drinks. A group of us last time, bought a whole box of pouches and saved a fortune. Chai (surprisingly refreshing) will also be on sale. Just dont let them rip you off. Take note of what the locals pay. You may think its stupid to argue over 40p extra for an ice cream, but it is important (I wont go into the reasons)
There wont be an alcohol in the ground (maybe with the exception of the VIP exec boxes), for a number of reasons.
Also beware of what you do take to the ground. Cigs and lighters will be taken from you, and you might not be allowed a camera, so hide things well.
Buy a ticket for a stand you think the english will be in on day one, and once you have identified the best stand for you, buy the remainder of your tickets for this stand



Great thanks for the help ! Very useful
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bobh
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 17:04 on 14th Aug 2012

Joined: 10:45 on 3rd Aug 2008
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I'd echo the earlier points - that if you can watch it being cooked it should be OK.
If you buy bottled water, check carefully that the seal is intact and that it's not a used bottle that's been refilled.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 13:08 on 16th Aug 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
bobh Wrote:
I'd echo the earlier points - that if you can watch it being cooked it should be OK.
If you buy bottled water, check carefully that the seal is intact and that it's not a used bottle that's been refilled.


This has happened to me several times, thankfully he has usually used vodka or bacardi.
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FEL1948
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 16:28 on 3rd Oct 2012

Joined: 08:40 on 3rd Jan 2012
Posts: 56
swanseanick Wrote:
With it being my first time abroad watching England I have just a few questions re the Mumbai test:

Will there tend to be an area, for instance, at the Wankhede where most England fans will sit, or are fans scattered around the ground?

Can you drink and buy food in the stadium?

Probably really obvious answers to most, but with it being my first tour I have no idea what to expect :lol:

Many thanks in advance for the help.

I will be in Mumbai for a week. Very excited but a little nervous as well (first time to the subcontinent!)



Nick,
Steven from the BA Office has just sent me an email with the following info

"All we know is we will be in the Vithal Divecha Pavilion".

Cheers

Erik
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invisibleman
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 15:18 on 11th Oct 2012

Joined: 13:02 on 27th Sep 2011
Posts: 52
Check out ECB website, now has all the details of tickets, prices etc for all Test matches, ODI's etc for the whole tour.
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