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It’s almost time Karachi!
National Stadium all set to host mega PSL final
ISLAMABAD - The National Stadium Karachi is all set to host the Pakistan Super League-3 final in grand style.
The entire stadium is giving a bridal look and credit must be given to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), provincial government and contractors NESPAK, who in collaboration of NLC, produced wonders and that too in highly short span of time. The stadium, which only few days back, was in shambles and it looked highly impossible that the venue would be ready for the mega PSL final, but day and night efforts, hard work of the contractors and employees of provincial government and PCB chairman Najam Sethi timely visit to Karachi paved the way for the mission impossible which is almost near to completion.
The highly placed sources in Karachi have confirmed to The Nation that the renovation/maintenance work of adjacent roads leading towards stadium have been done while road carpeting is also completed, roundabout with both sides are decorated with beautiful flowers, chairman box A and B are closed for the time-being, which would resume in second phase.
The contractors have constructed 30 VIP make-shift stands, with each stand can host 15 to 20 people easily, while 26 enclosures were also completed while Nasimul Ghani and Iqbal Qasim stands also turned into VIP ones, where spectators could sit after buying Rs 12,000 tickets, while 26 washrooms were also constructed, which are divided into 4 or 5 portions, with each portion having one washroom each for males and females.
The Karachi Municipal Cooperation (KMC) has also promised to send 40 mobile washrooms due to heavy load of the PSL final, as tickets were sold in hardly a few hours and there is every possibility that National Stadium will be pack to capacity well before the start of the final.
The sources further disclosed that two new dressing rooms, new hospitality rooms, new scoreboard and screen have already installed at the National Stadium, while new giant size watch will be installed in a day or two. The stadium administration claimed that around 4000 to 5000 vehicles can easily be parked at newly-constructed parking area, which is state-of-the-art, while independent sources termed the actual number is around 1000 to 2000 maximum.
The way contractors, government and provincial governments have speeded up the efforts and the way PCB is keenly involved, it clearly indicates that how much the government and cricket board are keen to host the PSL final in Karachi. Two new lifts, especially imported from France, were also installed at the stadium and they are working accordingly, while the remaining work is also being done on war-footings and it looks like the National Stadium will be ready well before March 25.
The sources further confirmed that such is the passion and enthusiasm among the Karachiites that they are ready to get tickets at any given price while people from all walks of life, whether they school-going, college, university, old or young, want to be present at the venue, as international cricket is coming to the city of lights after a very long time and they don’t want to miss that golden opportunity. The PSL fever is on the rise, which has not only gripped Lahore and Karachi, but also the entire country and people are not only coming from different parts of the country, but also from abroad to become the part of the historic occasion and want to buck up cricket.
Great spectacle put on at Karachi today. Superb to see a stadium bouncing in Pakistan again. A big well done to the organisers and a massive pat on the back to all the fans that turned up today and showed their support
Hats off to Karachi for pulling off the best atmosphere of the PSL. It nearly brought Ramiz to tears. The fireworks captured from the drone cam at the end and the mobile lights backdrop was incredible.
Would love to have been a part of it. How did it go @iZeeshan ?
Man the atmosphere was amazing. The match wasn’t that great tbh and I left early so missed the drama at the end unfortunately. But really glad I got to go - made me really happy to watch a match in Pakistan.
Top stuff man. Iv not been to a game that matches the Pakistani atmosphere. Watching on TV today you could feel the energy from the crowd
It really was amazing to be there. I really wish I wasn’t half dying from a cold I caught otherwise it would’ve been a blast. Would’ve caught the drama too.
Renovation work at Karachi’s National Stadium set to be completed in December
KARACHI : The development work on the National Stadium Karachi will be completed in December, which will completely revamp the iconic venue before the next Pakistan Super League (PSL) edition.
The first phase of the development work commenced right after the final of third edition of PSL and was finished before the series against West Indies had started.
The work on the second phase was briefly stopped to facilitate these events — with the fans thoroughly enjoying themselves even without the roof or the stands inside the stadium. The renovation work has now, once again, gained pace in the stadium.
National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) engineer Aslam Bhutto spoke to Daily Express about the changes being made at the venue.
“The chairman boxes and the roof of the third floor in the pavilion building have been demolished and are now being constructed from scratch,” Bhutto said. “The Chairman Box ‘A’ and ‘B’ have been merged into one while new chairs will also be placed in the stands. The entire venue will have world class level facilities after the work is completed.”
He added: “A German company will provide the materials for the roof and send them to Pakistan in mid-August after which the installation of the roof will commence.”
International cricket returned to Karachi after a hiatus of 9 long years with the final of the third edition of PSL taking place in the city, earlier in the year. Later on West Indies also toured the city of lights and played a 3-match T20 series.
still looks ghetto to me .. no class
The problem is there are too many renders and nobody is certain how will it look like once completed.
So one guy said that roof has been imported from Germany and other said its imported from Malaysia, lol.
But what I dont understand is that we don't even have few engineers who can install a bloody roof? Seriously?
Country of 200 million people and not a single world class stadium lmao
Zimbabwe have better stadiums/grounds, our stadium look like junk.
This new roof looks like a fancy shamiyana/tent.
Poor work man tragically died after falling from Majid Khan enclosure, fell of whilst painting the roof support.
According to news, renovation work will be completed on 28th February, 2019.
NSK renovation work nears completion
The renovation work at National Stadium in Karachi is nearly complete and it will be ready to host the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) final on March 17.
According to Resident Engineer Imran Zubairi, the majority of the work at the stadium is complete while the remaining thing, left to take care of, will be concluded in the next couple of days.
“We will try to finish the remaining work in the next couple of days,” said Zubairi. “The final consignment of Teflon for roof will arrive soon and will be installed immediately.”
He added: “Major work is done and there are only little things left to look after but there will be no further delay in this project.”
When asked about the debris lying at the entrance of the stadium and its impact on the visual aspect of the satadium, Zubairi clarified by stating: “As far as the front view of the stadium is concerned, it is a bit messy at the moment but we will clean that up in order to keep the stadium in line with its visual impact.”
Five matches of the ongoing HBL PSL, 2019 will be played in Karachi, which includes Eliminator 2 and the grand final.
Roof is probably complete or 90% complete, the chairs have been painted even new chairs have been installed. The concrete seating area has also been painted brightly.
Now just cleaning job required.
I don't understand why PCB left the renovation so late. The last PSL final finished and then everything just stood still for the next 9 months and they only bothered to start work in January. This kind of unprofessional ridiculous laziness is typical of PCB...they had almost a whole year to complete the renovation and at the moment it looks like they won't complete it on time.
Karachi’s National Stadium gets a makeover ahead of its PSL matches but what of its historic scoreboard?
The National Stadium in Karachi is going to be playing host to eight PSL matches this month so the authorities have decided to give it a mini-makeover.
But one thing that wasn’t touched was the 60-foot tall manual score board at the stadium. The massive structure has grown dilapidated and stands in the stadium like a relic of the past.
The roofs over the stands have been coated with new Teflon cloth and new seats have been installed.
The world’s first solar powered clock was also installed in the stadium but no one remembered the manual scoreboard.
The PCB has fired the 15 people employed to operate the manual scoreboard and won’t be using it for the upcoming PSL matches, so it will stand at the stadium, a silent spectator and symbol of the stadium’s past.
Preparations under way at Karachi’s National Stadium for PSL 2019 fixtures
Preparations for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 fixtures at Karachi's National Stadium are in full swing. Curators have prepared five pitches for the eight games that are to be played in the city.
The installation of teflon sheets on the roofs of the stands are in the final stages as well.
A state-of-the-art command and control room has been set up at the stadium, which will monitor every person entering or exiting the venue.
Eighty high-definition and night vision cameras -- 10 rotating and 70 fixed -- have also been installed.
Karachi police chief Ameer Sheikh said that a full dress rehearsal took place earlier and they are in contact with all security agencies regarding security at the stadium. Spectators will be checked before entering the stadium for the matches but it won't be a hassle for them, he said.
He also said that this year, the arrangements for refreshments will be better.
AIG Sheikh added that the stadium gates will be opened for the public at 2pm and will be closed two hours before the match time. He went on to say that four parking spots have been designated on University Road while one parking spot has been designated on Dalmia Road.
Sheikh confirmed that a shuttle service will also take spectators from the parking places to the stadium.
The Pakistan leg of the PSL 2019 kicks off in Karachi on March 9 with the Lahore Qalandars taking on defending champions Islamabad United. Three of the eight matches were to be played in Lahore but were shifted to Karachi due to logistical issues.
They messed it up big time.
what is messed up?
Roof, correction they haven’t completed it about 15% is not complete and it’s so obvious from drone shot.
Look at the positives first.
They didn't have 100% of it last year... cricket was still enjoyed by the full house there.
Are they doing the work for free that we should look at the positives?
Its not my money that I should be concerned about it. I would have called it a disaster if there were no seats for the people to sit on or if the facilities are not available that should be there to spectators, teams and officials for a cricket match.
Not having a roof on one enclosure is not going to harm the games to be played on the field. There are many grounds in the world having no roofs at all.