Bhubaneswar: Debutants within the sixth season of the Indian Tremendous League – Odisha FC – will play their first three dwelling video games at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports activities Complicated, Pune as an alternative of their dwelling floor primarily based at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
The franchise will play their preliminary dwelling matches towards ATK, Bengaluru FC and Hyderabad FC on 24 November, four December and 11 December respectively on the new venue. All different six video games might be go forward as per schedule, knowledgeable the membership authorities.
In accordance with official sources, Kalinga Stadium, which is owned by the Odisha Sports activities and Youth Companies Division, is just not absolutely ready to be used by the State-based soccer franchise because the upgradation work within the stadium has been delayed because of persistent showers in Bhubaneswar and extreme delay in withdrawal of monsoon.
It might be famous that Kalinga stadium is scheduled to host the 2020 FIFA underneath 17 girls’s World Cup. However amid inclement climate, because the preparations for the mega occasion has been delayed, the state authorities is now making an attempt to make sure that the turf is in correct situation as per the FIFA pointers and the stadium will get prepared earlier than December 16.
Talking on the event, Odisha FC proprietor Rohan Sharma mentioned, “We tried hard to ensure that we play the home games in Bhubaneswar. However, owing to persistent showers here the upgradation work got delayed and unfortunately, things are beyond our control so we have to consider an alternative venue for the first three home games. We look forward to having Kalinga Stadium full when we have our eventual first home game.”
Equally, R Vineel Krishna, Director – cum – Extra Secretary of Sports activities and Youth Companies Division, mentioned, “We are working hard along with the vendors on getting Kalinga Stadium football pitch ready for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 as per the guidelines of FIFA.”
Including additional on the stadium and the bottom situation, Vineel Krishna mentioned, “There was tremendous delay in the withdrawal of monsoons this year, making it the most delayed withdrawal of the monsoon in its recorded history. Due to this, there were extreme weather conditions that led to a slight delay from the original schedule in making the ground available for the initial Odisha FC home games. We are expecting that the ground will be available for the home games of Odisha FC in mid December 2019.”