Football takes over India Gate

The response to what is the first leg of the 6-venue tour was overwhelming with more than 2,50,000 people turning up and getting a chance to and pose with the silverware.

Fans gathered at the India Gate for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 'Trophy Experience'.   -  FIFA

The FIFA U-17 World Cup winner's trophy made its way to the iconic India Gate to the delight of the locals in New Delhi on Sunday. The 'Trophy Experience' kicked-off on Saturday at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

The response to what is the first leg of the 6-venue tour was overwhelming with more than 2,50,000 people turning up and getting a chance to and pose with the silverware.

Present at the occasion, Javier Ceppi, tournament director for the local organising committee said, “It’s been a fantastic start to the Trophy Experience. We have had over 200,000 people in Delhi who have had the opportunity to see the FIFA U-17 World Cup. This is a massive promotional push and we’ve done it in a space that is extremely significant.

"India Gate is a landmark that resonates well because it honours heroes of India and we feel that people have responded quite nicely to it. They are very excited to see the Trophy. They’re also very excited that the tournament is coming, and now, with the ticket sales going well, they need to pick up tickets or else they might miss the chance to see India play.”

The official winner’s trophy will make its way next to Guwahati where it will be on public display on August 26 and 27 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium and Judge’s Field.

The tournament, which happens to be the first FIFA event in the country, will be played between October 6 - 28.