Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

After Ganguly push, Salt Lake Stadium set for major facelift

Express News Service | Kolkata | Posted: June 21, 2014 2:55 am

The Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata is set to undergo a major renovation, the process for which will start ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament scheduled to start from September.

The announcement came after former Team India cricket captain and a co-owner of the ISL’s Kolkata franchise, Atletico de Kolkata, Sourav Ganguly, met state sports minister Madan Mitra Friday. Ganguly and another co-owner of the franchise, Utsav Parekh, met Mitra to discuss the plans for the tournament.

“We have requested the state government to install four more entry and exit gates at the stadium. The VIP enclosure and dressing rooms, too, will be renovated, while new corporate boxes will come up,” Ganguly said after the meeting.

Spanish La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, a stakeholder in the Kolkata franchise, will look after the corporate boxes. They will also install 25,000 bucket seats in the stadium. The ISL organising committee will bear the expenses of the overhaul of dressing rooms.
The state government has approved the proposals and the work is set to start soon  —- tentatively from August.

“The government will co-operate. Their plans are logical and we’ve accepted them. We have to change the synthetic turf as well before the U-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017. But we still have time for that and will do it after the first edition of the ISL,” Mitra said.

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