A revamped D. Y Patil stadium is all set to host the opening match of FIFA U17 World Cup on 6th October.
The D Y Patil stadium will host Group B matches involving Mali; last editions runner up, New Zealand; Turkey and Paraguay apart from an exciting Group A encounter between USA and Columbia. It will also host a Round-of-16 games and the second semi-final. The president of DY Patil Sports Academy, Dr Vijay Patil is hopeful that the event will change the football landscape of the city.
The countdown has begun and we have made all necessary preparations to welcome the FIFA U-17 teams and give them the best experience of playing on our soil.
The stadium has spent approximately Rs. 30 crores in refurbishing the venue, including changing the roof, building 16 emergency exit bridges, two additional dressing rooms and setting up four training grounds in the vicinity, two of which are within the campus. The seating, in this 55,000-seater stadium has been relaid in a manner that every spectator has a unique watching experience,for the tournament.
In addition to this the environmental impact of the stadium is minimised by installing a 500 KW solar plant to take care of over 70 percent of electrical requirements of the stadium.
With less than 10 days to host the World’s biggest sporting event the excitement is palpable and we are thrilled to be a part of what will be a milestone in the country’s sporting journey.