The three stands — G, H and I — each of them capacity of 4,000 seats each, has remained unoccupied since the West Indies-India ODI in November last year and later the Champions League T20.

The reason for the empty seats — clearance from the city planning department for want of building approval is still awaited. The new-look galleries were built after demolishing the old stands in the area as part of its modernisation and redevelopment of the four-decade old Chepauk stadium but had been sealed since October.