BDFA which is conducting Super Division and A Division leagues in Bangalore, which is governed by KSFA confirmed that ongoing BDFA Super Division league will be the last tournament on the aging artificial turf at the Bengaluru Football Stadium. A Division league has been conducted in RBANMS ground which is home ground of South United FC.
The Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) has already given the green light to the installation of a new turf. As per the timelines approved by the state association, work on relaying the turf will begin in the second week of January 2020. It will be ready for use in the first or second week of February.
“The KSFA governing body has approved the work which will now start by the middle of January. The turf should be ready in another three weeks. That’s the only time we can have the stadium free as we are conducting many tournaments,” KSFA president NA Haris told TOI. “The total cost of the project is nearly Rs 1.5 crore and is fully funded by KSFA,” Haris added
KSFA secretary M Satyanarayan said the work could be finished fast as the base is already in place. “We will stop all activities for about 20-25 days so that the work can be completed. Once the work is over we need a certification from FIFA before it’s put to use,” he said. The new turf will be of FIFA Quality Pro mark standard, given to pitches that ensure the highest playing performance for professional level football. The current surface was laid under FIFA’s ‘Win in India with India’ project in 2011. The new turf will be from Limonta Sport of Italy, a known company in the business of artificial football pitches. “The company is a ‘FIFA preferred producer’, a tag awarded to companies which ensure high standards,” the secretary said.
Among the firm’s top installations are the Santiago Bernebu stadium of Real Madrid, Bravida Arena in Gotheburg, Sweden and Astana Arena, Kazakhstan. “The same company also laid the South United club turf in the city. It comes with a five-year warranty,” Satyanarayan said. With the stadium renovation work still in limbo, KSFA officials said they approved the new turf to ensure that tournaments were held without a hitch. “We were delaying this work expecting the stadium renovation to start any time. Now as and when we get the clearances from the government, this turf can be rolled and installed at a new venue. Once the work on the stadium begins, we will look at the option of leasing a parcel of land on the outskirts of the city,” Haris said.