Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bangalore Football Stadium to have floodlights soon

With the Garden City's newly formed I-League, Bengaluru FC, all set to make debut in I-League, the team management announced their preparations at a press conference today evening. They will be playing their Round I match against Mohun Bagan on 4 pm, Sunday, September 22. 

Keeping city's footballing pockets in mind, Mustafa Ghouse, CEO, JSW Sports stressed that the tickets are reasonably priced, they have tried to cater to all the sections of the city, and strongly believes that the football-loving people of the Garden City will flock in numbers to support Bengaluru FC. The tickets are priced at Rs.30, 50, 150, 300, and, 450. Also, they have tied-up with an online ticket booking portal, BookMyShow. Mustafa also mentioned the support his club received from the Karnataka State Football Association and Bangalore District Football Association. 

The Jindal Group-owned team has painted the Bangalore Football Stadium and committed towards providing a pleasant match day experience to the football loving fans of Bangalore. Very soon the flood lights will be installed at the stadium and Bengaluru FC will be staging I-League matches under lights at the later part of the season. 

The club announced their tie-up with Arbor Brewing Company as home pub for the season. Fans will get to buy the match tickets and merchandise items of Bengaluru FC from this pub plus they will be screening the I-League games that will be televised. Bengaluru FC has also tied up with Radio City, a local FM radio station, who will be updating the previews, match results. 

Coach Ashley Westwood, skipper Sunil Chhetri, and players John Johnson and Vishal Kumar too were present at the occasion. 

Ashley spoke highly about his team, which is free from any injuries. He added, "The team was formed in a short space of time. It's a small tight-knit bunch. We are not a typical I-League side with a squad of 35 or 40. We have tried to keep it short to 25-30. That could be a problem in the season. I have heard that players in the I-League tend to pick up injuries, but we are all fit and we don't have any injuries." 

Sunday's match will be a totally different experience for local lad Vishal Kumar Ravindra, who will be turning up for a Bangalore-based I-League club for the first time, "It is a good chance for me to improve, playing with experienced players. Bengaluru FC has given a great chance for me to play in my hometown, in front of my family. My father and mother will be here on the match day!"