IPL averted disaster at overcrowded Wanderers

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/c/cricgeneric.jpg' class='caption'> Celebration could have turned into tragedy as it was revealed that 38,000 spectators watched IPL final at the Wanderers which has the capacity of 31,000.

Updated: May 25, 2009 13:01 IST
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Celebration could have actually turned into mourning after it was revealed that nearly 38,000 spectators watched Sunday's IPL final in the Wanderers Stadium which can host 31,000 at the most.

According to 'The star', an additional 7000-strong crowd made their way into the stadium wielding counterfeit tickets, which could have led to a disaster.

Gauteng Cricket Board CEO Alan Kourie admitted coming across "an incredible number" of counterfeit tickets and said the stadium had never been such choc-o-bloc.

"We've informed the metro police about the tickets we found but we suspect there must have been many more because I have never before seen the stadium this full. It's dangerous," Kourie said.

"On the grass embankment, the family area on the west side of the stadium, they were packed in like sardines; there was no room to move there at all. Over on the open stand it was just ridiculous.

"In both the Unity Stand and the Centenary Stand, there were people sitting in the aisles and standing behind the seats. We were sold out for the Australia game and I can tell you that it was not as full as this," he said.

"This is our stadium, we know it intimately. You can tell from experience how many people are in the stadium at any given time, and we reckon there are more than 35,000 in here, possibly 38,000," Kourie added.

Kourie said police investigation would take its course and criminal charges maybe levelled against the culprits.

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