Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that a new 30,000-capacity football stadium will be built in the Ladakh region.
The announcement has been welcomed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which thanked the Prime Minister for supporting the continued growth of football in India.
Modi said that the stadium has been certified by FIFA, football’s global governing body. The venue is also set to feature an athletics track and other amenities.
“This modern football stadium in Ladakh will also have a synthetic track with eight lanes,” Modi said, according to Indian news agency PTI. “Apart from this, there will also be a hostel facility with one thousand beds. You will also like to know that the stadium has also been certified by FIFA.”
Abhishek Yadav, deputy general secretary of the AIFF, added: “The new football stadium in Ladakh can play a vital role in helping the development of local talent which in turn will benefit Indian football.
“The AIFF scouting team looks forward to engaging, and utilising the facilities for scouting, and even national team training in the future.”
According to PTI, construction work on the stadium, which will be the largest in Ladakh, will be completed soon. The stadium will stand more than 10,000 feet high once completed.