The 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League is kicking off today at Hyderabad when the finalists of 2016, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad, lock horns. There are 56 matches in the league stage stretching from April 5 - May 14 after which the playoffs take place. The final is on Sunday, May 21 in Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
League Stage - 56 matches - April 5 to May 14
Play-offs - 3 matches - May 16 to May 19
Final - May 21
Tickets for the VIVO Indian Premier League are sold at BookMyShow.com, Eventsnow.com and Ticketgenie.com subject to availability. Keep in mind that the BookMyShow app has the IPL tickets under the events section.
Tickets will also be sold in some retail outlets in cities where matches are scheduled to be held. You may want to keep your eyes and ears open to know about ticket sales and grab any tickets from retail outlets.
For those of you ready to bombard stadiums for the tickets, box office tickets are available at stadiums matches are scheduled to happen. Bear in mind to carry some refreshments and a huge umbrella if you plan to get box office tickets in the scorching heat.
Hey, if you are an Ambani fan and possess a Jio SIM, some franchises like Mumbai Indians are also giving tickets via the JioMoney app. This one isn't free of course.
Ticket prices vary based on your seat in the stadium and also the venue. The VIVO IPL has 9 venues this time - M Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bangalore), Feroz Shah Kotla (Delhi), Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium (Hyderabad), Green Park (Kanpur), Eden Gardens (Kolkata), IS Bindra Stadium (Mohali), Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai), Maharashtra Cricket Association International Stadium (Pune) and Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Rajkot). The ticket prices vary from Rs 800 - Rs 4000 based on your seat selection and venue.
Glimpse of the previous season's build up to the final
RCB produced some breathtaking batting efforts courtesy their superstars, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers and looked like the team to watch out for. They had a home final as well scheduled which raised hopes of witnessing a new champion.
However, the Hyderabad-based franchise was slowly churning out wins courtesy a powerful opening batsman, a certain David Warner and a master slower bowler, Mustafizur Rehman. They had the exact combinations that would irk RCB and it worked in their favour in the final with Ben Cutting proving to be the unexpected hero.
With the exhilarating season we had in 2016, the IPL is attracting a huge fan base this time around.
If you are keen on cheering your team from the stands, make sure you have tickets well in advance because the demand is sky high. The online options are already open and with the summer vacation underway families are queueing up to buy tickets. So what are you waiting for? Open that other tab and start booking tickets!