Jamshedpur, March 16: Hotels and restaurants across the steel city are looking to capitalize on the sixth edition of the ICC World T20, which kicked off its Super 10 stage on Tuesday in Nagpur. Though India lost the opening game to New Zealand, the upcoming matches of the hosts against Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh might offer a cracker of the game.
Restaurants are promising “stadium-like-experience” with big screens and goodies. In a market that has seen slowdown, restaurant chains are looking for a rise in footfall on the back of the cricket frenzy.
Hotel South Park in Bistupur has started ICC Cricket World T20 food festival, which would continue till the final of the tournament on Sunday. The restaurant of the hotel has been decorated with the cut-out of international cricketers and is offering 20 percent discount on food.
Prabhakar Singh, director of the hotel said, considering the T-20 World cup and cricket enthusiast of Jamshedpur we have decided to organize the cricket food festival where people can enjoy the matches on big screen and have mouthwatering food.
The Wave International hotel, situated on the NH-33, has installed giant screen at the lawn to ensure viewers watch live coverage of the world cup matches in lively atmosphere.
“All India matches will be played in the evening (play starts 7.30 pm ) and as it gets dark the weather becomes cool and the people can enjoy watching the matches in big screen at the lawn along with delicious food,” said Wave International proprietor, Raja Singh.
Hotel Yashwee in Sakchi is another such joint which made strategies to bowl over cricket fans as several watched the match the big screen of the hotel on Tuesday. It has a special menu, with drinks named after player’s names and is offering discounts on drinks and food.
Fortune Hotel Centre Point has also made special arrangements for the visitors offering one peg free on purchase of one peg whisky along with special food menu and T20 world on giant screen.
Eylex Fun and Films, Jamshedpur’s only multiplex will be broadcasting live India matches and is gearing up for the India versus Pakistan encounter on Saturday, March 19.
Meanwhile, cricket enthusiasts have expressed their delight on the special arrangements made hotels and restaurants have made.
“Though India lost the first match to New Zealand but is hopeful that India will make it to the semis of the tournament and go on to win the World T20 title but they will have play their skins out as game against Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh is a do or die for the hosts,” said Karan Bhatia, a shop owner and a cricket enthusiast is Bistupur.