How Delhi Dynamos Shifting Base To Bhubaneswar Benefits Odisha
Indian Super League (ISL) side Delhi Dynamos FC have confirmed that they will be shifting their base to Bhubaneswar and make Kalinga Stadium their home ground. The owners of the team are said to have taken this decision because of economic factors.
With this move, the club`s management is confident that their cost of operations would be lowered. The Dynamos were actively looking for alternative venues in Delhi, but found Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium as most feasible as they struck an agreement with the Government of Odisha. According to reports, the club might also be pondering about changing their name as this shift might be permanent in nature if things go well.
The Kalinga Stadium has hosted many national and international tournaments and attracts good crowds with the city’s large population of enthusiastic sports fans. This will benefit the Dynamos who have not been able to attract a loyal fan base for a majority of their home games at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
How will this benefit Odisha?
• Development of sporting facilities to host top-level matches, which will ultimately benefit local players who use the same grounds to practice
• Intake of local players in India’s premier club competition thus providing them to showcase their talent and stake their claim for a chance in the national team
• A boost to the tourism sector – similar to the sharp increase in tourists witnessed in Bhubaneswar during the Hockey World Cup 2018
• Lakhs of viewers will get a glimpse of Odisha’s beauty; either through physical presence or through various forms of media
• The state will take one more step in its ambition of hosting events of the highest level and becoming the ‘sports capital of India’
The new season of the Indian Super League kicks off on 17 September 2019, where ten teams from across the country will compete in the sixth edition of India’s premier club football competition.