The 60,000-odd spectators expected to throng the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday are in for some tough time. Although the opening ceremony is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., the gates will be opened at 2.30 p.m. due to the multi-layered security arrangements.
What's more, the audience won't be allowed to carry umbrellas and raincoats inside the stadium. With just four days to go, the Games organisers are still not clear about the kind of facilities that will be available at the stadium to make things comfortable for the spectators.
Sources said the gates might get closed by 5 p.m. as part of the security drill. However, OC said no such decision has been taken so far.
Moreover, the OC officials are still in the dark about the arrival of ponchos — a plastic cape-like raincoat for spectators.
“There will be food available at the Spectator Plaza. Games merchandise and souvenirs will also be there. But I do not know if the spectators will get ponchos to wear before entering the stadium,” said Major General G.G. Dwivedi, head of Spectator Services of the OC. “If we get the ponchos, they will be given free of cost to the spectators.” While fast food and soft drinks will be available at the Spectator Plaza, the security code for the ceremony restricts movement of the spectators in the stands as well.
“Many of the food and drink items available at the Plaza will not be allowed at the stands," said a senior OC official on the condition of anonymity.