As the ICC ODI World Cup final inches closer, cricket enthusiasts are gearing up for India's face-off against Australia at the grand finale in Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium on November 19. However, fans are encountering unforeseen challenges as they strive to be part of this historic moment.
Basic accommodations have skyrocketed to a steep Rs 10,000 per night, with luxury hotels demanding nearly Rs 1 lakh for a night's stay in the city, according to media reports.
Flight prices have also surged, witnessing a 200-300% increase for round-trip tickets to Ahmedabad, with flights from Delhi on the eve of the final now costing Rs 15,000.
Securing accommodation and tickets has become a daunting task, aggravated by the surge in flight costs and exorbitant hotel tariffs following the World Cup schedule announcement. The situation worsened as India clinched their spot in the final, causing hotel prices in Ahmedabad to soar.
This scenario is reminiscent of the frenzy during the India-Pakistan match on October 15, which also witnessed a surge in hotel tariffs. Online platforms like Booking.com, MakeMyTrip, and Agoda have experienced a notable uptick in searches for stays in Ahmedabad, mirroring the demand seen during the India-Pakistan clash.
The final batch of match tickets, released on November 13, sold out rapidly, with the cheapest ticket on BookMyShow priced at Rs 10,000. The Men in Blue's remarkable unbeaten streak in the tournament has heightened anticipation, transforming the final into a once-in-a-lifetime event for cricket fans nationwide. As excitement builds, the challenges of accommodation and ticket acquisition add an unexpected dimension to this eagerly awaited clash.