The much awaited Jerry Seinfeld show in Mumbai this weekend has been cancelled. Stage 42, the organizers of the show cited traffic and parking issues as the reasons behind  this drastic decision, according to a post on their Facebook page. The event was to have been held at the National Sports Club of India in Worli.  The venue had been at the centre of two controversies recently. First it ran afoul of authorities for having hosted the  infamous AIB Roast. Then,  few weeks ago a charity fashion show hosted by BJP leader Shaina NC and attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis caused national furore when TV clips surfaced of cops manhandling club members who wanted to get in. Senior police officials were apparently given a dressing down by the chief minister, and a number of them were transferred.

The Seinfeld show organizers had their own set of  problems from the beginning. The first one concerned the ticket prices. The tickets were initially sold at prices of Rs 6000 and Rs 12000.  But in the last one week the prices were cut to Rs 3750 and Rs 6000, rumouredly because of lackluster response. And then came the issue of parking. The venue apparently can accommodate more than a 1000 cars, and  Stage 42 had made arrangements for several hundred more parking slots in a nearby mall. But the Mumbai police apparently deemed that not good enough. They probably did not want to take any chances, after what happened during the Shaina NC show.

Here is the full  statement by Stage 42  on their FB page

Cancellation of Jerry Seinfeld Shows
We regret to announce that the Jerry Seinfeld shows scheduled to take place this weekend (Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15) have been cancelled. Fans who have purchased tickets for the shows will be issued a full refund at the latest by Wednesday, March 25. Details about the same have been emailed to all ticket buyers, and fans can call our special helpline, +912265044455 from Monday onwards or email to address any queries regarding the same.

This cancellation is unavoidable due to circumstances beyond the artist’s and our control. Issues related to traffic and parking at the venue, which were brought to our attention only a couple of days ago, forced the cancellation of all artist travel arrangements pending a resolution of these logistical issues. But in spite of our best efforts to resolve these matters with the authorities quickly, which resulted in suitable alternate parking and traffic plans being arranged, this was not in time to reorganise the required artist travel logistics.

We deeply regret the inconvenience caused to fans due to this cancellation. Despite this setback, we remain committed to bringing Indian fans world-class live entertainment experiences.