After completion of the renovation process, the Government of West Bengal handed over the Salt Lake Stadium to FIFA’s Local Organising Committee today. The Mecca of Indian football will host the final of FIFA U-17 World Cup on October 28.
LOC tournament director Javier Ceppi looked very happy with the condition of the stadium as he gave the beautiful stadium a rating on 10/10. According to Ceppi the Salt Lake Stadium is at par with any world-class venue that has hosted a FIFA World Cup final.The revamp of the stadium, previously known as Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan, which was taken up on February 1, 2015, cost the West Bengal government more than Rs 100 crore.Originally the stadium had a capacity of 120,000 , whereas now it is reduced to an official 66687 for the World Cup after FIFA enforced a guideline following a study with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority of the UK.However, the stadium can accommodate about 80000.
The stadium is 98 percent complete and Ceppi said it’s their responsibility to take it to the next level.