While the Chittagong leg of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 has seen an upturn in the tournament's image with capacity crowds turning up to support their teams, the huge spectator interest created some problems during yesterday's matches at the MA Aziz Stadium.
Hundreds of fans had to watch the matches standing and sitting on the aisles as the galleries were unable to contain the rush. The crowd pressure was so great that in the evening, tensions ran high among the spectators in the scramble for seats in the North gallery.
Some of the personnel responsible for controlling entry claimed that over 35,000 spectators got into the stadium, the capacity of which is 25,000.
Member of the ticket distributing committee Omar Goni Chowdhury told The Daily Star that all tickets were sold two days before. â€œFor the last day's matches around 22,000 tickets have been sold,â€ he said. â€œThe non-ticket holders entered through the gates 1 and 18.â€
â€œWe conveyed the matter to the law enforcers,â€ he said, adding that the committee have nothing to do with ticket checking or gate-keeping.
Some supporters alleged that gate-keeping personnel were admitting non-ticket-holders for Tk 50 or Tk 100.