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Mar 31, 2011 at 10:35pm IST

Unprecedented security at Wankhede for WC final

Mumbai: As Wankhede stadium receives last-minute touches for Mumbai's most anticipated clash in several years - the rush for last-minute tickets has reached fever pitch.

Excitement is growing and security getting tighter. And a last minute scramble for tickets. Everyone wants to be a part of history that could be made in Mumbai on Saturday if all goes well for India.

Home Minister R R Patil though had some disappointing news for fans, "I appeal to all people to cooperate, all tickets have been sold, so they should not crowd around Wankhede.

So the aam admi can't get any tickets now, but what about the aam neta and babu? About 250 tickets are reserved for ministers and bureaucrats, but clearly that isn't enough.

Devendra Fadnavis, BJP, MLA said, "Tickets are being sold in black at exhorbitant rates, we are asking that tickets be alloted for us and we are willing to play the normal price for them, yet we have not been given tickets."

Most Mumbaikars though already have their plans made, for how they're going to enjoy the big day.

Certainly bar and club owners aren't complaining. Ritik Bhasin, Partner, Red Light said, "It's a festival for sure, India vs Australia, followed by India vs Pakistan, and then India vs Sri Lanka - it's a three-day fest for all club owners."

And Mumbaikars are hoping the festivities will continue even after the big final.