The preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Cup are in full swing with tournament director Javier Ceppi in India for the last few days. He recently spoke at a press conference in which he mentioned that the FIFA U-17 World Cup ticket sales have a surprising significance for Indian football fans.
“As you all know, it would start on Tuesday, 7.11 pm which is 1911 hrs because we wanted to honour some very important date in Indian football. It was the first time an Indian football team (Mohun Bagan) beat an English team on a final of an important tournament. It was important for India’s football. It was important for India’s history and it was extremely important for Kolkata. Here we all love football. This is why we wanted to open the ticketing on 1911 hrs.”
“That effectively means that we would open up ticketing for the ten matches in Kolkata. The ticketing will be of three different categories. The ticket price of the final or any other match will be Rs 48. There will also be other category tickets for Rs 96 and Rs 192. Those who buy the tickets first will be rewarded with a 60% discount on the original prices.”
“The number of sales of the tickets will also tell us which city buys the most number of tickets. It will be easy for us to find out which city likes football the most. So if Bengalis like football as much as they think they do, it should reflect on ticket sales.”
“Why it would reflect on the love for the game is because they would not know the players. They just know that there is going to be a football match. If you are a football fan, you need to be at the stadium, regardless of who is playing.”
“Just the way the teams are going to be competing to be the best in the world, Indian cities will be competing for who has the most passionate fans in the country.”