On the third anniversary of the repeal of Section 370, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has opened an international standard football stadium in Srinagar. The stadium was built according to FIFA standards. The centuries-old Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar has been given a makeover and modernized to host national and international football tournaments. With a capacity of over 20,000, Rs 44 crore was spent on the stadium. The stadium can host matches and tournaments day and night.
Kashmir has always been known for football as it has been the favorite among young Kashmiri. And with the new international-level stadium, it will further promote the sport and young people will get an international platform in their own city.
“For the youths of Kashmir, Bakshi Stadium has always been a dream venue for the youngsters who have made the sport famous. The upgraded and renovated stadium is handed over to those who love sports. This is Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had given clear orders for this stadium to be built to FIFA standards I am happy that with a cost of 50 crores we are handing over the stadium to the young people of the valley I am grateful to the sports council and everyone associated with it. I am hopeful that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir will make India proud. Jammu and Kashmir is becoming a hub of sport,” said Manoj Sinha, LG, Jammu and Kashmir.
The sportsmen of Kashmir valley are extremely excited about the opening of this stadium. It has six blocks which will have food courts and many other facilities. The stadium has a special commentary box, a VVIP box and a dressing room. The stadium will be covered with natural grass and equipped with four floodlights. The Indian government has pushed to make Jammu and Kashmir a sports hub.
“The better the infrastructure, the better the talent. I hope we will have world-class footballers after this stadium opens. All arrangements have been made according to FIFA rules. I hope Kashmiri youth’s passion for football will take them to great heights,” said football coach Ishfaq Ahmad.
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The Government of India has been making every effort to promote sports at J&K for the past three years. Not only football but many sports are launched in Kashmir and for this infrastructure are provided to the youths. The government wants to keep young people away from drugs and other vices.
“It was extremely nice to play on this ground. A lot of people used to play here. And after a long time we see so many people coming back to this stadium. To organize international level tournaments here would mean that international sportsmen will come and they will will inspire to do better,” said Mehvish Rashid, a sportsman.
Valley youth say this is some of the best news they have heard in a long time. They hope that the platform provided to them will allow them to play for international tournaments.
“As a sportsman, it’s the happiest news, the stadium will host international tournaments. For the players, it’s a good thing that stars we’ve only seen on TV will be playing on a pitch. of our city and it will be so inspiring,” said Mohd Ayhan, a sportsman.
With the opening of this stadium, the government hopes that the youth of the valley will take a new direction.