Ticket prices are a deciding factor for the success any sport in India. With the ticket prices for films going up each day, people prefer a watching a game instead. With the FIFA Under-17 World Cup happening in India in October this year across 6 cities (New Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Navi Mumbai, Guwahati, Goa), the organizing committee has taken note.
Tournament director, Javier Ceppi, has made it clear that the idea is to make the game accessible to the commoner at the lowest price point. In a recent media address, Ceppi didn’t actually give out the numbers, but mentioned the price of the ticket will be under Rs. 100.
“It would be economical and definitely less than going to a movie, definitely less than watching other leagues. The idea is, you can watch a World Cup match in less than Rs 100.”
When Superpower Football interviewed Joy Bhattacharjya, Project Director – FIFA U17 WC, he mentioned that the World Cup is a tournament they want to take very seriously and they would do anything to avoid the Commonwealth Games 2010 blunder. You can watch that interview right here:
Ceppi also reiterated their intention to make the World Cup a success. With it being the first FIFA tournament India will ever host, the expectations are high. A lot depends on how well things are done at least on the organizational level. A successfully organized Under-17 World Cup opens doors to hosting the FIFA Under-20 & FIFA Club World Cup in the future.
“We need to treat this as our first World Cup. It’s is our first time to prove ourselves and push ourselves. We cannot use the past benchmarks or in other tournaments. Different countries have different realities. The whole of Chile fits in Delhi, and Kolkata on a weekday. It’s all of our responsibility. India have been waiting for this moment for so long. we can show good good party to the world.”
The biggest talking point in terms of infrastructure is the amount of work that has been completed. Both Joy & Ceppi have mentioned the 90 percent figure. The missing piece in the jigsaw is Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium. With the FIFA inspections coming in March, Ceppi has assured that the stadium renovation is all but done.
“We are extremely satisfied with the progress. It’s very hard to realise the amount of progress this stadium has made since my last visit. We know everything is on track. The stadium is humongous, the capacity is coming down from 115,000 to 87,000. The work here takes time. The amount of progress we have seen since I visited last month is fantastic.”
Here’s hoping it all turns out to be as good as it looks and we have a solid World Cup! ?