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AFC champions league 2023 : The match’s venue has been shifted from Pune’s Balewadi Sports Complex to Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium.
Mumbai FC is preparing for its much awaited AFC Champions League (ACL) encounter against Al Hilal, the Saudi Arabian club headlined by Brazilian phenom Neymar, set for November 8.
Football fans are anticipating this encounter with great interest, but there has been a significant change in the plans: the event’s location has been changed from Pune’s Balewadi Sports Complex to Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium.
The decision to shift the game outside of Mumbai has prompted a heated discussion among the neighborhood’s football fans. “Mumbai FC is our Mumbai team, so why should the match be played outside Mumbai?” is a common question.
DY Patil Stadium: A Grand Stage
The DY Patil Stadium, which can accommodate 55,000 people, has a colourful past as India’s second-largest cricket stadium, behind only the Eden Gardens. T
Due to the development of Ahmedabad’s enormous Narendra Modi Stadium, DY Patil currently ranks third, yet it still has amazing facilities. With bucket seats and cantilever roofs that guarantee unimpeded views, it provides spectators with a comfortable experience.
Contrarily, Pune’s Balewadi Sports Complex can only hold 16,000 spectators, which is the main justification for the location change.
The only repercussion of this venue change is the rescheduling of a Syed Mushtaq Ali cricket match originally slated for October 27 at the stadium, which will now be relocated to the secondary ground within the complex.
Mumbai City’s AFC champions league Challenge: Relocating Home Ground
The Mumbai Football Arena, the home field of Mumbai City, a team owned by the City Football Group (CFG), presented a problem because it did not meet AFC requirements.
As a result, for their debut game against Iranian side Nassaji Mazandaran, they changed their home venue to the Balewadi Stadium in Pune.
A Star-Studded Clash: Beyond Neymar
More than just Neymar’s appearance on the field is promised for the game.
With stars like Aleksandar Mitrovi, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sergej Milinkovi-Savi, and Ruben Neves, Al Hilal, the most successful club in ACL history, has a stellar lineup. Football fans may expect a fantastic spectacle from this game.