Royal Challengers Bangalore are hopeful that a run of four straight home games would help them resurrect their IPL campaign which has been off to an underwhelming start. Having played four matches so far, the three-time runners-up have recorded just one win and lost the remaining three. But the main problem for the team is the dwindling of the fan numbers. More and more RCB fans are opting out of the season tickets and selling them on websites like OLX and quikr.com. The decreasing number of IPL fans is a matter of concern for the IPL authorities as well as the Indian government which earns a lot of tax revenue through stadium passes.
RCB team management had approached the government regarding the issue and the government has promised swift action. Rajnath Sing has directed the concerned Govt department to include RCB fans in the ‘Endangered Species’ list. This will make it mandatory for the government to allocate fund for the revival of RCB fan numbers. Some measures discussed in a high profile meeting were providing monetary benefits to people who can watch a full RCB match, free tickets to students and small children, Tax benefit on purchasing a RCB season ticket. Arun Jaitley has also decided to include some form of government subsidy to revive the numbers of RCB fans in the country. The proof of the RCB stadium ticket can be shown in January to avail the 80 C benefit in direct income tax.
RCB can hope that such measures can help them again grow its fan base but it will take 3-4 years for the measures to bear fruit. Till then they have planned to fill up the stadiums with friends and relatives of the RCB players.