A near-stampede situation was witnessed at the food court meant for spectators in the hospitality zone here on Sunday. Such was the rush that the organisers were forced to announce its closure.
But the disappointment of not getting food and refreshments was nothing compared to the heartbreak the crowd suffered, as their home team, UP Wizards, went down tamely to league leaders Delhi Waveriders 0-3.
Their disappointment could be gauged from the fact that many left the venue soon after the start of the last quarter, as they became convinced that nothing could save the hosts from a humiliating defeat.
Certainly, a win here, or even a draw, could have made it a perfect Sunday for the huge gathering, but it was not to be. Playing attacking hockey, the Waveriders launched a foray of attacks and made full use of the opportunities that came their way.
After missing two consecutive penalty corners, the Waveriders forged ahead through Andres Mir Bel with the Spanish defender's grounded flick going to the extreme left corner of the post in the 10th minute.
Though the Wizards' counterattacks kept the Waveriders busy, their inability to convert the opportunities was galling. Almost at the stroke of the first quarter, German forward Oskar Deecke's smashing hit from the top of the circle saw the Waveriders celebrating their second goal in the 17th minute.
The 0-2 deficit sapped the enthusiasm of the hosts, and this allowed the Waveriders slam another goal in the 30th minute. This time it was Gurvinder Chandi, whose hit from the periphery of the circle, left the Wizards goalkeeper, George Bazeley, stunned.