The Road to Wankhede, Mumbai: How Cricket Fans Can Maximize Semi Final 1, ICC Men`s World Cup 2023
On November 15, 2023, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai will host the first semi-final of the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023. Wankhede Stadium has a capacity of 33,000 and has seen some historic performances, including India’s legendary victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final against Sri Lanka.
Keep reading to discover how you can travel to Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai to witness what could be another legendary victory.
It’s ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 Semi-Final 1, so expect high travel-ticket prices, but you still have options to choose from:
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, one of the top airports in India, has an average footfall of 140,000 passengers across more than 880 flights. It is also the second busiest; pre-book your cabs to avoid rushing.
The Mumbai metro railway network in India carries about 7 million commuters daily, making it the world’s busiest railway system. For easy commuting, the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited is working on its bullet train project, connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
You can use the National Highway (NH) 48, part of the Golden Quadrilateral, to reach Mumbai by road. While the highway connects Mumbai to Delhi and Chennai, it passes through cities like Ahmedabad, Pune, Jaipur, and Bhubaneswar.
The traffic congestion on the highway could ease up, as in 2022, Nitin Gadkari—Transport Minister—laid the foundation for 19 projects worth ₹1,000 crore to prevent traffic and accidents on the NH 48.
Navigating the City to Reach Wankhede Stadium
Once you’ve reached Mumbai, it won’t be long before you experience its infamous traffic. Here are some tips to avoid getting stuck:
Mumbai Metro operates a line between Ghatkopar and Versova from 5:30 am to 11:20 pm. It stops on the following major points:
- Saki Naka
- Marol Naka
Flag a cab or auto or board a bus for travelling to and from Wankhede Stadium. Some key transit points that you can follow when travelling by road are:
- Vashi bus and metro station
- Apna Bazar Vashi Sector 17
- Vashi Highway
You could also take the Mumbai Trans Harbor Link, India’s longest sea link bridge, as it connects the stadium to Navi Mumbai.
Take any train to Churchgate Railway Station, just 600 m from the stadium.
Places You Cannot Miss in Mumbai
Just because you’re here to see India win the Semi-Final 1 doesn’t mean you cannot explore Mumbai. Mumbai has something for everyone:
Some iconic spots you should try are:
- Muhammad Ali Road (kebabs)
- Cafe Madras Matunga (South Indian)
- Gaylord Marine Drive (fine dining)
- Sahibaan Worli (North Indian)
- Martin’s Colaba (Goan food)
- Sarvi Nagpada (Mughlai food)
For History Buffs
Visit the following historic tourist spots:
- Elephanta Caves
- Gateway of India
- Kanheri Caves
- Ajanta Caves
Mumbai is known for its colorful markets; some you could try are:
- Zaveri Bazaar (jewelry)
- Lokhandwala Market (branded clothes and accessories)
- Crawford Market (dry fruits and spices)
- Mangaldas Market (textiles)
- Linking Road (Fashion)
- Hill Road (street shopping)
- Chor Bazaar (antiques)
Sporting events such as the ICC World Cup increase consumer spending across industries such as hospitality. For example, in the IPL 2023 (Q2), customers spent 1.5% more than other quarters.
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