Delhi Dynamos have shifted their home base to Bhubaneswar, changing their team name to Odisha FC because of potential abnormal spending.
Delhi Dynamos have changed their home base to Bhubaneswar during August end. This peppered exasperation among the fans who were hoping for their club to persistent the footballing action in the capital city of India.
The Indian Super League (ISL) outfit signed a long-term agreement with Odisha State Government on August 31st. The team owned by the GMS group will be playing their home games at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar from the sixth edition of the Indian top-flight league, while they are also assisted with lodging facilities for youth sides to smoothen the functionality of the club.
In an interview with the Sportstar earlier this month, Odisha FC Director Rohan Sharma revealed that the club had to shift because of their unwillingness to spend over the odds. Moving out of the Indian Capital territory is not justifiable, but extortionate sum for the stadium outlays the indefensible action from the owners perspective.
The club also had an unsuccessful pursuit to pinch Delhi University ground and Ambedkar Stadium as their home ground. This impelled them to shift out of New Delhi – seeking a new adventure elsewhere.
Going with the above statement, the SportsRush can confirm that Delhi Dynamos were urged to pay 30,000 INR during non-matchdays and 2,00,000 INR to use Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the Indian Super League which is held over a period of six months.
What’s more astonishing is that the club will be forced to pay stipulated non-matchday amount even if there’s no action held in the stadium as they are obliged to rent it for an unceasing six months. Hence, they steamrolled and change the club’s territory with no alternative left whatsoever.
The details about the expenses in Odisha are not yet known, but it’s far-fetched from possessing a hefty price tag. Since the state government is willing to promote sports, they consider football as another ingredient to expand its authority within the nation.
The agreement which sees them playing in Kalinga Stadium for the next five years means that there would be no Indian Super League club from New Delhi over that period unless the league expands. There are also talks over the league merger, but there is no resolvement as of now with I-League clubs hoping to stay in their league.