India's most historic football stadium, Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium (now called as
Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan) was officially handed over to the FIFA U-17 World Cup's Organising Committee and it is being said that the FIFA officials were left mesmerised by the way the stadium has been prepared.
Along with other matches throughout the tournament, this ground will also be host to the World Cup Final to be held on the 28th of October 2017.
Javier Ceppi, the tournament director has already expressed his delight at the preparations going on at the stadium as he specifically mentioned, "If you ask me it looks like a museum, be the entrance or the inside. Or like the teams said it looks the lobby of a five-star hotel."
He continued, "You see and the stadium looks nothing like it used to before. That's because the stadium needed to be fit to host a World Cup final, the most important football match to be hosted in India's history."
Ceppi also praised the West Bengal government that made sure FIFA's every demand was catered to. He said, "They (West Bengal government) took the challenge. This stadium now can be compared to other stadiums in the world that have hosted a FIFA World Cup final."
Here's a closer look at the stadium:
The new-look Salt Lake Stadium will host the FIFA U-17 World Cup final and will play host to a maximum capacity of 66,000 spectators.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off on 6th October when Colombia take on Ghana at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. India take on USA on the same date, later in the day.