Security arrangements have been strengthened by the Police with the assistance of the Special Task Force and the three Forces for today’s World Cup semi-finals between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium, Colombo.
Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya advised the spectators to follow route instructions to enter the stadium. They could take the routes along Ingram Mawatha, Pradeepa Mawatha, Maligawatta and Jumma Masjeed Mawatha.
The IGP addressing the media at the Police Headquarters yesterday said that not a single person will be allowed to enter without a ticket.
“Do not purchase any tickets from outsiders at the entrance to the stadium,” the IGP added.
Cricket can also watch the match on wide screen at PD Sirisena Grounds, Colombo, Nawaloka Playgrounds, Peliyagoda, Galle Face Grounds and Parliament Grounds free of charge, the IGP said.
Special invitees will have a separate entrance through Vincent Perera and Babapulle Mawatha while several main roads will be closed for public traffic.
All tickets holders who enter the stadium will be checked at the entrance.
Entry for Rs 50, Rs 100 from Kettarama - Pradeepa Mawatha junction. Entry for Rs 250 and Rs 500 tickets holders are from New Bodhiraja Mawatha. Entry for officials, 10 Media label vehicles and for Rs 5,000 upwards tickets is from Babapulle Mawatha.
Suraj Dandeniya of Sri Lanka Cricket said that musical instruments including papare bands are allowed to the stadium following prior approval from Sri Lanka Cricket officials.
The IGP and Cricket Board officials paid tribute to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for their assistance in the security arrangements.