ISL final: League's biggest game in its smallest venue

As many as 4,000 FC Goa fans are travelling for the Indian Super League final, while nearly 300 Bengaluru FC fans are expected at the Mumbai Football Arena.

Mumbai Football Arena has a limited seating capacity of close to 8,000 – the smallest among all ISL clubs.   -  Prashant Nakwe

The Mumbai Football Arena has emerged as one of the top venue choices in Indian football. It hosted 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup champion England during its pre-tournament preparations and also the 2018 Intercontinental Cup. And on Sunday, the stadium will once again be in the spotlight when Bengaluru FC takes on FC Goa in the Indian Super League final.

With a thorough revamp of the pitch and a newly-laid turf, the venue promises a high-quality encounter. The stadium has a limited seating capacity of close to 8,000 – the smallest among the 10 ISL stadiums – and all tickets have been sold out. As many as 4,000 fans are travelling from Goa, while close to 300 fans are expected to come from Bengaluru.

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Sunday's final will the best-attended game of the season at the venue as the average attendance during Mumbai City FC's nine matches at the Mumbai Football Arena has been only 4,700.

Bengaluru FC CEO Parth Jindal had earlier taken to Twitter to express his disappointment with the stadium's limited capacity. "It’s sad that the biggest game of the Indian Super League and of Indian domestic football is going to be played in the smallest stadium amongst all ISL teams - I wish that this game would have had the opportunity to have been played in either Bengaluru or Goa,” he wrote.