Fans eager for a taste of ISL action at Kanteerava Stadium
Bengaluru FC will play in the ISL for the first time this year and fan can't wait to get a piece of the action.
Bangalore, October 17th 2017: It’s only a month to go for the third edition of the Indian Super League(ISL), which for the first time this year, will be a ten-team affair.
Joining the eight teams (Amar Tomar Kolkata(ATK), Chennayin FC, Delhi Dynamos, Kerala Blasters, FC Goa, Mumbai City FC and NorthEast United) who have played in the previous two editions, will be Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC.
Kunal Majgaonkar, the media manager of Bengaluru FC, said that the atmosphere at the Kanteerava Stadium during the ISL would be something new for all the fans and expected the entire BFC community to come out and make it a great occasion for everyone at the venue.
Rajdeep, a second-year commerce student at St. Joseph's college and an ardent BFC fan said that he wished to see the same atmosphere, same energy, more number of fans, same ticket price, and show no mercy to the opposition when they take to the pitch as has been in the past.
Sripad, a twelfth grade student studying in Presidency College, said that he wished the stadium would be full and hoped the atmosphere at West Block would go up another level. He added he was happy that top flight football was finally inBangalore and was awaiting the reaction of the rest of the city to top players playing in front of them.
Aaditya, a journalist at Economic Times in Delhi, who has seen many a match at the Kanteerava, involving Bengaluru FC, said that he was planning to travel from Delhi to Bengaluru to see a few matches and was hoping that the atmosphere at the stadium had the same intensity as was prevalent when the I-League matches happened there.
Rohith, a 3rd year engineering student, hoped the ISL's publicity campaigns will see more fans flock to the Fortress. The West Block A stand is always noisy for 90+ minutes and it should get louder for the ISL when more fans make their way to the stadium.
In a bidding process conducted by the ISL in June 2017, Jindal Steel Works, who own Bengaluru FC and Tata Steel Ltd won the bid, thereby gaining entry into the league.
ATK will enter into the fourth season as the defending champions, after they defeated Kerala Blasters in the final in Kochi last year.
After winning the I-League in 2016, Bengaluru FC endured a disappointing season this time around, finishing fourth in the overall standings.
Ahead of the season, the team roped national team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu from Norwegian club FC Stabaek, for whom he played three matches since signing up for them in 2014.
The team will play the second leg of their AFC Cup Inter-Zonal final against Tajikistan side FC Istiklol at the Kanteerava Stadium on Wednesday. The hosts lost the first leg 1-0 last month.
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