Bengaluru FC’s home stadium is under threat as the club may be forced to move out to either Pune or Ahmedabad for the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season and AFC competition.
The team who plays at the Kanteerava Stadium since 2015, may not be allowed to use the stadium if the matter is not resolved at the Karnataka High Court.
In 2017, a number of athletes who train at the venue alleged that Bengaluru FC’s presence at the stadium and their allied footballing activities hampers their training. Since then Karnataka High Court has ordered an inquiry into the process through which Bengaluru FC were allowed to use the stadium. The deadline for it falls on October 14.
Bengaluru FC CEO Mandar Tamhane, said “We will have to look at alternatives and a couple of them that are being mentioned are Pune and Ahmedabad. However, we cannot make any decisions until we know what is happening (with the Kanteerava stadium). We want to stay here and we are hopeful. We are waiting for the official confirmation on the issue as we cannot do much till we hear anything.”
Bengaluru FC do not have too many options as they will have to move to a stadium that fulfills the AFC licensing criteria as well.
“We have to play in the AFC Cup. So keeping that in mind, the only two alternatives that are possible are Pune and Ahmedabad as those are the only two stadiums that fulfill that criteria. Odisha was one but since Delhi are moving there, that is no longer an option,” Tamhane said.
Bengaluru FC have until September 15 to register a home stadium with AFC. They will however have the option to change the same by January. On the other hand, the ISL is set to begin in October due to which the club has only a week to register a stadium and prepare the pitch.
Tamhane said that they will be in a position to make their final decision by September 21.
Source : Various