Chennai City FC Likely To Construct Own Stadium Next Year
Chennai City FC are planning to bid adieu to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and build their very own fortress in 2018, with the management being distraught over the facilities provided.
Club officials have already held preliminary talks with potential investors over funding the project. Apart from building a stadium, CCFC officials are also planning to build facilities to accommodate the players.
Chennai City FC’s maiden I-League campaign started on a negative note with off-field issues making the headlines. Chennai City FC reportedly paid a hefty fee and despite paying a huge sum, they were impeded of basic requirements in addition to the horribly maintained Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium pitch. The infuriated management even contemplated of shifting their base to Dindigul, 450 km away from JN Stadium.
However, the plan to shift base never really materialized as CCFC gradually settled down in JN Stadium- mainly because of the fact that Tamil Nadu Sports Minister K. Pandiarajan finally allowed Chennai City FC to use the stadium at subsidised rates.
The idea of shifting base has been lurking in the minds of the CCFC management ever since. To add fuel to the fire, some of the visiting clubs have reportedly expressed their concern over the underfoot conditions which have become uneven and devoid of grass due to the fact that the local league matches are being played at full throttle almost every day.
CCFC officials are hoping that outside investments, coupled with naming-rights agreement would be sufficient for them at this point of time to fund a new stadium.
If the idea finally sees daylight, then they will be one of the few teams to have their home stadium in India.
Chennai City have also signed four youngsters S Nandhakumar, Michael Soosairaj, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul and A Beautin on long-term deals, proving that they are in it for the long run.