Wankhede stadium is one of the largest cricket grounds in India and is famous for the 2011 world cup match. The place is highly renowned as a lot of cricket matches have been held here. The fact that it is famous is because it is a cricket ground. In India, Cricket is not just a game; it entails emotions of the people.
Cricket is one of the most played games in India and that is why Wankhede Stadium has so much of importance. Being situated in Mumbai which is at the heart of the nation, this place is widely known and attracts a lot people whenever cricket tournaments are held in Mumbai.
Be it ODIs or test matches, this place is conducive for all kinds of games. The soil in Mumbai is highly favourable for proper pitches and playground and that is why, the stadium is best of all in India.
India has got a lot of cricket fans and this is evident at every second house. Whenever important matches are held, the whole family sits together and unites in order to watch the game. Cricket involves sentiments of the people and that is why there is a kind of euphoria and a certain level of aura that is created whenever matches are to be telecasted on the television.
Here, there is a point to be kept in mind. When one single family can get excited to the level of frenzy, millions of people who prefer watching matches live and buy tickets of Wankhedhe Stadium have an altogether different level of madness and excitement attached in their hearts. Witnessing each and every player through one’s own eyes in front of them and hearing the live commentary through the pavilion is an experience worth it.
This stadium has all the amenities and provisions which make it one of the best places in India to witness cricket matches. There is so much of rush that it is almost impossible to even locate each other over there. The hue and cry, the hustle and bustle and the crowd that gets collected over there is beyond one’s comprehension.
Such a level of frenzy needs proper level of surveillance. Crowd is very difficult to be managed. We all have our respective experiences of facing the respective mobs. One’s individuality gets lost in the mob. What prevails is the mob frenzy.
The madness of the mob is located in every cricket match. Most of the people in the current scenario prefer witnessing such games be it tournaments or ODIs by visiting this stadium.
The stadium is highly spacious and has a lot of capacity of accommodating a large number of people in its pavilion. However, the number of people coming here is so much that it becomes almost impossible to control the mob.
The result is that a condition of stampede arises wherein out of euphoria; people almost crush each other in order to have a glimpse of the playground. The sentiments and the feelings of the people reach its peak level resulting in stampede. So many of the people get hurt and wounded in such a scenario.
Though the stadium accommodates more than fifty thousand people, such a large number of people gathering one place definitely would create a lot of chaos and a lot of confusion is created at the stadium which is difficult to be managed by the security team.
Wankhede Stadium has one of the best security staff which controls the arrival and departure of the people. The whole core team and the respective sub teams who are given the responsibility of checking out and channelizing the crowd properly so that it becomes a hassle free.
However, when there is a presence of a crowd which is too much filled with the love and passion for the game, it becomes difficult for the best of the force to maintain order. Take for example your own experience of watching a match on the television.
The entire set of shouting both on the ground and at the pavilion reaches your homes virtually. Even the voice of the commentators begins to fade away once the crowd starts cheering their respective teams. The commentators have to increase the volume of the mike to the maximum level and even then what supersedes all these efforts is the united voice of the collective crowd.
However, the kind of unity and synchronization that is heard on the ground by the players and what is heard at home on the television is not a kind of unity in reality. People almost become violent to the level of losing their peaceful state of mind. This results in them becoming violent in a negative manner.
There are two kinds of extreme reactions that people give amidst such charged situation. On the one hand they react by being euphoric, that is, by being in a cheerful mood, shouting, hooting and cheering their respective teams. On the other hand, people start harming each other by almost crushing and taking the allocated place of others.
This results in stampede. The biggest suffering section in such a chaotic atmosphere is that of the children. The children are harassed to unthinkable levels. They feel suffocated and claustrophobic and hence fall ill. The feeling of claustrophobia is also among the elders who find it difficult to even breathe in such a disturbing area.
The problem with such places is that when people get busy in their own level of enjoyment, they forget about the element of humanity inside them. Same thing happens every time in the Wankhede stadium every time a tournament is held over there.
People should always keep in mind that enjoying at the fullest and at the same time being considerate towards each other are two sides of the same coins. The instinct of enjoyment and excitement should have certain limits. One of the famous philosophers Frederick Nietzsche said that excess of anything results in a crisis.
Here, when it comes to Wankhede Stadium, the crisis is in the form of the condition of stampede which is detrimental for all the people present there on the physical front. Stampede also disturbs the motive of building a pavilion and inviting people to witness the matches.
The motive is not to hurt anyone but to let them enjoy the game to the fullest. So, next time you plan to witness a match at this stadium, make sure people don’t indulge in stampede and watch the game peacefully and by being fully enthusiastic in a positive manner.