Press Releases2014Dec 05, 2014
Mumbai FC are BACK at the Cooperage Football Stadium
It was a historic day for Maharashtra and Mumbai as the refurbished Cooperage Football Stadium was re-opened by Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, President, Asian Football Confederation (AFC).« Back
Mumbai FC's four year hiatus from Cooperage atlast comes to an end as the stadium was officially inaugurated for footballing purposes. Dy. Vice President Mr. Atul Badgamia expressed his relief and elation post the inauguration, "Oh it is such a fantastic thing to be back home. It's been a long time away. We all at Mumbai FC are really happy to be back at this iconic venue and we look forward to playing our I-League matches in front of our fans here. We are back!"
The upgrading of the Cooperage Ground, was done under FIFA's 'Win in India, With India` project.
Gracing the historic moment was Mrs. Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson, Indian Super League, and Mr. Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation.
The last time Mumbai played an I-League match at the Cooperage was back in 28th May 2010. The game ended in a 2-0 victory against Mohun Bagan courtesy two first half goals from Abhishek Yadav.
Mr. Patel thanked FIFA for their "special interest in developing Indian Football."
"This ground has a history of over 127 years," he said referring to the Cooperage. "This ground was in existence prior to all settling down. There is no reason as to why there should be a stoppage in the growth of Football," he added. "FIFA has spent over 2 million USD to get this Stadium ready. I urge all to support the cause of Football in the City and in the Country."
Sheikh Salman mentioned about the history of the Cooperage Stadium. "It is a great honour for me to be here standing on this iconic Football ground. I know that India has a lot to contribute for the game." he said.
"AFC and FIFA are confident that the successful hosting of 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be further boosting the development of Football in the Country," he added.
"This is a wonderful Stadium. This Stadium has been the Ambassador for Mumbai Football and has been synonymous with Mumbai's Football. My heartiest congratulations to WIFA and Mr. Praful Patel," Mrs. Nita Ambani stated.
Former Indian National Team Players, a host of Referees and Coaches were also felicitated on the occasion.
The I-League 2015 will commence from 17th January. The fixtures will be revealed soon.