Football fever grips city as JFC to play home match in Odisha capital

Bhubaneswar: The Jamshedpur Football Club (JFC) today announced it will be playing its Hero Indian Super League (ISL) football match at the Kalinga Stadium in Odisha capital, Bhubaneswar.

“We are proud to bring the JFC home match to Bhubaneswar, to enable the people of the state to experience and be part of ISL, the football fever that has captured the Nation’s imagination”, said Vishal Kumar Dev Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Sports & Youth Services Department, Govt of Odisha.

Commenting on the developments, he further said, the Kalinga Stadium is being revamped and upgraded as per standards of ISL regulations. Player dressing rooms have been newly created. The match-playing and practice grounds have been developed. Additional bucket seats have been put in as well. Development is also underway for a Players & Match Officials Area (PMAO) a.k.a ‘Competition Area’ adhering to set standards.

For the members of the media there will be a Media Room, where pre and post-match briefings will be held. Additionally, there will be a Media Center for ISL Accredited journalists, photographers who will get a dedicated area at the Field of Play (FOP) that will be adjacent to the ground.

On the preparation for the match Twin City Police Commissioner Y B Khurania said, “All preparations have been made in the stadium and its vicinity as per ISL standard, as far as security and entering spectators into the stadium are concerned. We are thankful to the sports lovers of the state in general and Bhubaneswar in particular for cooperating with the police in maintaining law and order during the recent sports events and would urge their cooperation in maintaining law and order for smoothly organizing this match.”

“Tata Group, and Tata Steel, have always had a very strong connect with the community and JFC will further strengthen the same. JFC is Tata Group and Tata Steel’s attempt to contribute to Indian football and to see Indian football make advances to the world stage,” said Arun Misra Vice President, Project Gopalpur and MD, Tata Steel Special Economic Zone.

He expressed hope that JFC would be well received and accepted by the people of Odisha and would get the full support of the people of Odisha.

The officials informed that infrastructure and other facilities were being readied at the stadium for the match on February 25 against Bengaluru FC.

The football fever has gripped the denizens here as they are anxiously waiting to watch the match.

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