A football enthusiast, Ranbir Kapoor has often lamented the lack of a world class stadium in Mumbai for the game. However, things are set to change. In an exclusive chat with hitlist, the actor has revealed that the state government is planning to transform a part of the Andheri Sports Complex into a football stadium equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure. The goal is expected to be achieved through corporate partnership.
Ranbir, who co-owns the Mumbai franchise in the Indian Super League, says, "Our team does not have a ground for practice. We practice at the Cooperage Ground in SoBo that has an artificial turf and then play on the real ground due to which players suffer injuries. So, how do you expect a sport to grow if you don’t have the required infrastructure? But, a lot of corporates with support from the government are trying to change the scenario. We are trying to turn the Andheri Sports Complex into a football stadium."
A senior official at the sports complex confirms the development and, requesting anonymity, says, "There are big plans to design a world class stadium. Things are at the discussion stage currently and once a blueprint is prepared, there will be more clarity."