Three Venues finalised for AFC Women’s Asian Cup
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) have confirmed the three host cities and stadiums, which will stage the Continent’s premier women’s national team competition.
DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
Inaugurated in 2008, the DY Patil Stadium is located on the outskirts of Mumbai and has world-class facilities capable of hosting multi-sports international events. With a stadium capacity of 37,900, DY Patil Stadium is the largest venue of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™.
As one of the six venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 – the first FIFA tournament to be hosted in the country – football holds a special place in the stadium’s history, which was also the venue of the first-ever Indian Super League (ISL) final.
Officially opened on October 7, 2016, TransStadia was constructed under a public-private partnership and will be the newest of the three stadiums to host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™.
As India’s first convertible stadium with a capacity of 20,000, it has a FIFA standard football pitch with an elevation of 4.8 metres as well as 14 hospitality boxes overlooking the pitch, which can be converted into guest rooms.
Most recently, TransStadia played host to the second edition of the Intercontinental Cup, which featured DPR Korea, hosts India, Syria and Tajikistan as well as two of Chennaiyin FC’s AFC Cup matches.
Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Built in 1978, Kalinga Stadium is a multi-purpose international stadium situated in the heart of the city of Bhubaneswar. The grounds have served as a focal point for several international sporting events ranging from athletics, football, field hockey, basketball, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, wall climbing and swimming.
The stadium, which has a capacity of over 15,000 and was recently refurbished, has successfully staged the Super Cup, the annual knock-out tournament between the Indian Super League and the I-League clubs, since the tournament’s inception.