The IPL is always attracting first-timers to cricket stadiums. After the night of the Deccan Chargers here, HT reveals the lessons learnt from seasoned fans on how to enjoy cricket, and more, at Chepauk.
Early bird prizes
Come to the stadium early if you want good seats because they are not numbered, said Shubha. The ticket only specifies the stand and the tier, she added. After that, it is first-come-first-served. Spectators are allowed inside four hours before the match.
Also remember, most of the gates are really narrow, allowing one person to go in at a time. So expect long queues outside.
The DJ starts playing as soon as the gates open and there are live performances before the toss. Make the most of it.
No smoking please
"I lit a cigarette inside the stadium once and ended up paying a spot fine of Rs 200," said Sudarshan, a regular at Chepauk. That's far more expensive than having your packet of cigarettes confiscated. Better not light up, unless you want to lighten your pocket.
The return journey
An IPL match starting at 8.00 pm usually ends at around 11.30, quite late in the night. But there is good news. "The Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) has special buses for spectators during matches at Chepauk," said Mathan. Auto-rickshaws are available too, but as this correspondent found out, the driver may just turn out to be a schizophrenic who thinks he is Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa rolled into one. So, if you find yourself in a tight situation, give F1 a miss and try the bus.