FIFA U17 World Cup 2017, Stadium Watch: Exclusive images of the venues getting ready for the event
The FIFA U17 World Cup is knocking on our doors with only 16 days remaining for the big event as the footballing world comes to party in India. This is the biggest footballing event ever hosted by the nation and the first time India will take part in a FIFA event.
Being played across six cities viz. Kolkata, Goa, New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Kochi and Goa, the World Cup has seen the stadiums in each of the host cities getting a major facelift. Some real effort from FIFA and the LOC alongside the concerned authorities for the venus have seen them being transformed into high-end, state of the art facilities that will make Indian around proud.
The renovation work at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) in Kolkata had recently turned heads and set the social media sphere on fire with World Cup director Javier Ceppi giving the new facility 10/10.
And if you are still thinking about how the other facilities are lining up and what kind of renovation work is going on, we at Sportskeeda have got you covered.
#1 DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
Located in Nerul, Mumbai, the stadium has served mainly as a cricket ground in the past. It has been the home of Mumbai Indian as well the Deccan Chargers in the past. In the ISL, it was the home ground for Mumbai City FC in the inaugural season and also went on to host the final of the 2014 season.
The stadium complex also has nine tennis hard courts, four indoor badminton courts and an Olympic sized swimming pool.
The DY Patil Stadium will host all the games of Group B (except for Mali vs New Zealand) which features Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand and Turkey. Later on, it will also serve as the host of one Round of 16 clash and one semi-final.
Things to look out for this World Cup:
- New individual bucket seats on stadium for all spectators
- 2 new team dressing rooms
- New safe evacuation gates for spectators
- Improved facilities for spectators
- 3 new training grounds with floodlights, dressing rooms and international standard pitches