CSK play their home games at Pune  © AFP
CSK play their home games at Pune © AFP

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans were livid after their home venue for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 had to be changed from MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai to Maharashtra Cricket Association Ground, Pune as an outcome of the Cauvery controversy. However, this sudden change has now turned out to be a profitable move for the franchise. CSK is reportedly set to earn as much as INR 1.2 crores as gate money from each match at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.

According to The Times of India, CSK will earn INR 4 crores from ticket receipts alone, as opposed to INR 2-2.5 crores from Chepauk. This difference is due non-availability of three stands at Chepauk. The Pune stadium, on the other hand, can accommodate a crowd of 36,000. “The next two games against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders are all sold out.Even the Mumbai Indians game would be a sold-out affair,” said an MCA source.

CSK management will continue to make travelling arrangements for a thousand fans from Chennai to Pune, at a cost of INR 50 lakhs.