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September 28 2015 | by Rahul
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Rs.34 Lakh/Day to use Trivandrum Greenfield International Stadium?

KFA approched IL&FS to use the venue for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifier between India and Guam on November.

It has been reported that, IL & FS the current owners of the Trivandrum Greenfield Stadium has demanded Kerala Football Association (KFA) to pay Rs.34 lakh per day as rent in order to use the stadium.

Kerala Football Association approached the IL&FS to use the venue for the upcoming  FIFA World Cup qualifier between India and Guam slated for November 12. However, KFA was shocked when they were asked to give exorbitant fee to use the stadium. Following this, KFA has approached the state government to resolve the issue. Sports Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said he had received the petition from the Kerala Football Association and is looking into the matter.

Sports Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said he had received the petition from the Kerala Football Association and is looking into the matter.

“The Greenfield Stadium authorities have demanded a fee of Rs 34,30,000 per day, which is unheard of for any stadium in the country. Even the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata can be rented at Rs 8 lakh.” said KFA secretary P Anilkumar to Indian Express.

Without divulging anything about the numbers involved, IL&FS responded that “the amount that was forwarded to the KFA was an estimate for a package, which included charges like stadium rent, housekeeping, additional power and security for players, officials and visitors”.

If the news is true, India-Guam match will have to be shifted outside Kerala.  The KFA is also worried about the SAFF Championship slated to be held in Trivandrum in December-January.

Source: New Indian Express

Update: Bangalore will host India-Guam FIFA qualifier match.

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