India vs England 2021: Chepauk opens three eight-year-long closed stands to spectators during the second Test

The three stands at MA Chidambaram Stadium have a maximum capacity of 12,000.

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MA Chidambaram Stadium

The MA Chidambaram Stadium, commonly known as Chepauk, is the venue for the first ongoing Test match between India and England. Unlike the first match, the second Test will see in-stadium spectators owing to which the stadium officials will open the three stands- I, J and K for spectators for an international match for the first time since 2012.

The three stands were sealed after the 2011 World Cup due to various issues, depriving the city of host matches at various events, including the World T20 in 2016 and the IPL final in 2019.

However, the officials provided relaxation when the stands were opened for an ODI between India and Pakistan in 2012.

Second Test between India and England to be played here from February 13 to 17

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Virat Kohli and Joe Root

The second Test tickets in Chepauk will go on sale from February 9, a top official of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) said on Sunday.

Around 15,000 tickets will be sold, and they will be available online only, TNCA secretary R S Ramasaamy said.

The media, which was barred entry for the series-opening Test, would be allowed to cover the second, Ramasaamy added.

Meanwhile, the TNCA staff is involved in cleaning work in the stands, he said, adding they will be ready before the second Test.

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