World Cup 2023: Cricket enthusiasts surprised by the low turnout during the first match in Ahmedabad

- October 5, 2023
| By : Patriot Bureau |

Even as India hosts the World Cup after 12 years, cricket fans are surprised by the low footfall and empty seats in the opening match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad

The highly anticipated World Cup 2023 began today, with England taking on New Zealand in the opening match at the biggest cricket stadium in the world — Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. It being the first match on cricket’s biggest stage, fans expected a good footfall.
However, they were surprised by the low turnout at the stadium where multiple stands were empty. Cricket fans took to social media, especially X (formerly Twitter), with pictures and videos of empty seats.
Former cricketer Virender Sehwag suggested giving free tickets to school and college students to deal with the low attendance:

A cricket fan, surprised by the lack of crowd in the stadium, wrote:

”No opening ceremony either,” one of the fans said:

As expected, memes have started pouring in:

“Empty stadium”:


Two big teams are playing, but no crowd, another cricket fan wrote on X: