MUMBAI: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Limited (MTDC) for a guided tour for fans at the Wankhede Stadium. The iconic Wankhede will now be a stop in MTDC’s Mumbai tour for tourists.
A guided tour for fans of a stadium is organised in many countries, like Spain (for Camp Nou in Barcelona and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid) and the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. It helps top football, cricket and tennis clubs earn revenue. In India, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) in Dharamshala opens a stand where fans can come and get pictures clicked.
The MCA had last month accepted state Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray’s proposal to open the iconic grounds for tourists.
“This afternoon, MTDC signed an MoU with the @MumbaiCricAssoc for the Wankhede Stadium Experience tour. This stadium isn’t just a place for fans, but devotees of cricket as well. We intend to make this pilgrimage to Wankhede, a moment to remember happily for life!” Aaditya Thackeray tweeted.

“We are delighted to partner with Government of Maharashtra tourism department to promote the iconic Wankhede stadium for tourists and fans alike and experience the rich heritage of Mumbai cricket and great cricketing moments associated with our stadium,” MCA president Vijay Patil told TOI on Friday.
The MoU was signed between Patil and MTDC’s MD Ashutosh Salil.
Mumbai enjoys an illustrious history in cricket, boasting of a record 41 Ranji Trophy titles with the Wankhede stadium as its home. It is a venue which hosted the 2011 World Cup final, in which India beat Sri Lanka.
The MCA is planning to set up a new museum in the adjacent building and has formed a committee to start work on it.