Mamata Banerjee has taken to social media to highlight the contribution the City of Joy has made to the grand success of FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India.
The West Bengal Chief Minister has staged the Salt Lake Stadium accounted for more than 45% of the total attendance in the just-concluded FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
Kolkata was way ahead of second-placed New Delhi (19.78%) in the total attendance share of 13,47,000 attendance across all matches in all six venues across the country, Mamata said in a post on her official Facebook page, reports PTI.
“Kolkata achieves a unique position in the U-17 World Cup. Out of 13 lakh 47 thousand spectators in India who watched the U-17 matches in all the venues, Kolkata is the highest with 6 lakh 8 thousand watching,” Mamata wrote.
“This is more than 45 per cent of the total spectator count. Next highest is Delhi with 19.78 per cent. The per match spectator average in India is 25,906, while in Kolkata it is 55,345 – more than double. It is all about our passion for football and the excellent arrangements at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium),” she added.
Mamata as the State chief Minister had shown tremendous interest in the grand finale played at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. She had also played host to the FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
In another move to live the legacy of Bengal’s sporting passion in the State, the West Bengal Government has leased 15 acres of land to the All India Football Federation for just one rupee to set up a stadium and centre for excellence.
The piece of land at Rajarhat is leased for 90 years.