On March 25, Karachi will be hosting its biggest cricket match in nine years ─ the Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United Pakistan Super League 2018 showdown.
Security concerns surrounding the event mean that residents of the city will have to deal with traffic diversions, and spectators for the final PSL clash will need to undergo a three-tier security clearance procedure that may take up to four hours.
A lot of cricket fans are unsure about how to get to National Stadium on game day.
To make things easier for you, we've broken it down into simple steps:
Traffic plan for the day
Roads surrounding the stadium will be closed to traffic at 11am.
No one is allowed to approach the stadium directly. All spectators must first approach the car parking areas.
Sharea Faisal and Shahrah-i-Quaideen will remain open to traffic throughout the day.
While the match is underway, roads leading to Hassan Square and New Town, and the Dalmia road will be closed to traffic.
Roads leading to Aga Khan University Hospital and Liaquat National Hospital on Stadium Road will, however, remain open during the match.
Click here for a larger, interactive version of the map.
Step 1: Get to a car parking area. There are five parking areas dotted around the stadium. You will need to carry your tickets with you to show at checkpoints in order to get to the parking areas.
Car parking areas:
- Kashmir Road parking area
- Mangal Bazaar parking area
- Hakeem Saeed playground parking area
- Federal Urdu University parking area
- National Stadium Road parking area
The traffic diversion map, created by TPL, shows the five parking spots, each designated by a 'P'.
Step 2: At the car parking area you choose, there will be a marshalling area. Here, you will undergo the first of three physical searches. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) staff will verify your tickets and allow you to move onwards to the shuttle service.
Step 3: The shuttle service will drop you off at a designated drop zone. There are three drop zones ─ one at Expo Centre, one opposite Bahria University, and a third opposite Aga Khan Hospital. You will undergo another physical search at the drop zone.
Step 4: The distance from the drop zone to the stadium gates is about 200-300 metres.You will walk from the drop zone to the gates. If you are a senior citizen and/or differently-abled, you will be transported from the drop zone to the stadium gates via bus.
Step 5: You will undergo a third physical search at the stadium gates. Once inside the stadium, PCB staff will guide you to your seats.
Step 6: After the match, you will be transported back to the marshalling area at the car parking via the shuttle service. Spectators are requested to use the same shuttle service and route they came to the drop zone in.
Note: Security procedures for VIP and VVIP personnel will be communicated to their security officers. Ambulances will be present at the parking areas in case of a medical emergency.
- Shuttle service begins and stadium gates open at 12pm
- Stadium gates close at 5pm
- Opening ceremony takes place around 6pm
- Match starts at 8pm
- Match expected to end by midnight
Note: security clearance is estimated to be a four-hour-long process. Please plan accordingly.
There's also a list of dos and don'ts for the day of the match:
- Carry your cellphone
- Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather ─ the stadium does not have a roof
- Carry your ticket with you ─ you won't be allowed into the parking area if you are without a ticket
- Carry some money to buy food and drinks at the venue
- Carry a power bank to charge your cellphone ─ make sure your phone has enough power to last through the match
- Carry eatables from outside ─ Vendors will have set up food stalls at the car parking area for visitors to buy food and drinks from
The above information is a compilation of briefings given by police, administration and Rangers officials during press conferences.