After a gap of six years, once again Salt Lake Stadium is going to have grass turf and this time, the grass has been imported from Australia with an aim to fulfill the requirement of under-17 World Cup. And the new grass turf, as tested by the specialists on Saturday, a day before the derby match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, is going to bring out the best quality ground condition in India in recent times.
Former international footballer Dipendu Biswas who was also present at the Salt lake Stadium at the time of field supervision on Saturday, said, “The ground has been changed a lot with the plantation of new grass. The bounce of the ball looks perfect while the movement also looks extremely frequent.” The grass turf at the Salt Lake Stadium was rejected six years ago. One of the key reasons was a lack of cambering at the ground which ultimately forced the corners of the ground get waterlogged heavily during the rainy season. But this time, according to Biswas, the cambering has been so nicely made that the employees at the Stadium ground have promised of no water logging even heavy shower takes place in the derby match on Sunday.
Incidentally, Stadium will stage the only match in this season on Sunday. After the Kolkata Premier League derby match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, there will be no more match at this ground. Even the I-League matches in the coming season, scheduled to start from January, have least chances of being staged at the Stadium. According to Salt Stadium authority, only the home matches of Athletico De Kolkata in the forthcoming Indian Super League will take place. And immediately after the ISL comes to the end, the Stadium ground is supposed to be handed over to the under-17 World Cup organizing committee for the next two years, till the under-17-World Cup takes place in India in 2017.