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Suspended animation: A new way to watch a match

I’m not sure about you, but if I was strapped in the kind of harness race drivers wear and suspended 100 feet above the ground on a platform that hung from a crane, I might find it difficult to enjoy the meal that was laid out for me, reports Anand Vasu.

cricket Updated: Sep 23, 2009 01:16 IST
Anand Vasu

I’m not sure about you, but if I was strapped in the kind of harness race drivers wear and suspended 100 feet above the ground on a platform that hung from a crane, I might find it difficult to enjoy the meal that was laid out for me.

Over the course of the Champions Trophy, some 500 different spectators will have the opportunity to find out forhttp://www.hindustantimes.com/images/tower.jpg themselves if this is a privilege or some new form of testing someone's reaction to extreme situations.

Kentucky Fried Chicken, (KFC) which is also engaged in a charity drive that will see 20,000 Rand (approx. Rs. 1, 30, 000) being donated to the Save Our Souls (SOS) Children's Village for every six hit by a South African player in the Champions Trophy has put together this box in the sky concept.

If the Newlands ground at Cape Town is renowned for the backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain, Centurion might come to be known for its table in the sky in this tournament.

The organisers stress that the crane has been constructed according to one of the toughest worldwide safety regulations and the opening day of the tournament certainly went off without a hitch.

The 22 spectators who watched the game from the suspended platform were wined and dined even as they enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the action.

The pressure on the tournament organisers to provide light entertainment to the public in one day internationals as is the case in Twenty20 matches, was evident.

Music blared, the announcer was constantly on the loudspeaker even if he occasionally tripped up trying to pronounce Sri Lankan names.

Aside from the box in the sky, which people get to be in by winning a contest, there is also a fancy dress competition and a contest where fans have to try and score a direct hit on the stumps from the boundary ropes.