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Where will Bengaluru FC play next season?

With BFC fighting a litigation case regarding Kanteerava, the club needs to find a new venue ahead of the new season

Where will Bengaluru FC play next season?

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Updated: 9 Nov 2021 4:48 AM GMT

Bengaluru FC's tryst with the Sree Kanteerava stadium looks at risk after the reigning ISL champions are staring at a possible move out of the city to either Pune or Ahmedabad for the upcoming season. The reason being, on December 2017, a group of athletes filed public interest litigation against the Karnataka Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports (DYES) and Jindal Steel Works (JSW), Bengaluru's parent company alleging that football activities had been hampering their training.

The Karnataka High Court in July instructed the government to hold an inquiry into the process through which Bengaluru was allowed to use the stadium. With the deadline for that being October 14, DYES is waiting for directives from the government.

However, Bengaluru have to register a venue for AFC Cup matches by September 15 and at least a month before their first home game (October 21) for the Indian Super League. As the deadline approaches, without any indication from either DYES or the government, the club has been forced to look for alternate venues.

Speaking about the developments, BFC CEO Mandar Tamhane said,

"The AFC deadline was August 25 and it was extended to September 15. But if we don't get the desired venue, we have the option to change it at a later date (latest by January 15). However, for the sake of logistics and preparing the pitch, we have to register one for ISL maximum by September 21-23. Odisha was an option but as Delhi moved there, now Ahmedabad and Pune are likely alternatives."

Carles Cuadrat's men began practising for the upcoming season on Friday. There will be no pre-season trip abroad this time. Instead, Bengaluru will train in the city before moving to JSW's Vijayanagara facility on September 23. The club will also play a few friendly matches against I-League clubs.

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