Green signal for Kochi for Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup

Rufina Vignone
Mag 19, 2017

It was in October previous year that Kochi was officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup by a high-level delegation of football's world body. "We were told that India was not a country where pre-sales would work and this is the empirical evidence to the contrary".

He said no shops would be allowed to work inside the stadium premises during the tournament which will held from October 6-28 in six Indian cities. "This craze is unheard of and we truly feel that we will accomplish the goal of having full stadia for the tournament", he said.Ticket sales for other venues have been encouraging as well, with the numbers being especially good for Guwahati and Navi Mumbai. "Kochi was always going to get the group matches and a quarterfinal, which is about 15 per cent of the tournament's matches", Ceppi explained. He said, "At this point of time, we are happy to say that Kochi is a World Cup venue".

"All the core infrastructure work at the Nehru Stadium was completed by May 15, the fire-safety system, the air-conditioning, installation of bucket seats, the changes to the dressing rooms, the VIP area have all been completed".

The stadium, which boasts of a capacity of 60,000 people, will, however, accommodate a maximum of 41,748 persons for the tournament considering the safety and security of spectators.

Federation Internationale de Football Association official Javier Ceppi, who is the tournament director for the U-17 World Cup, was the one who announced the decision and informed that the delegation members are happy with the preparations in Kochi.

"Over the past seven weeks we've been visiting here eight-nine times as LOC and the amount of work that has been done at the stadium and the training sites are tremendous". I don't know who has said that Kochi was demoted.

The progress in works in stadiums and venues were made in two months following the visit of a Federation Internationale de Football Association inspection team which had expressed deep concern over the pace of work at the stadium.

The Kerala officials have been working hard for the past six months to meet all the required parameters to make not just the main stadium ready but also the four practice venues.

Besides the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Ceppi also visited the training grounds - at Parade Ground, Fort Kochi Veli Football Ground, Maharajas College Ground and Government Boys High School Panampilly Nagar.

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