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The word was making rounds in Indian football news that the new I-League outfit Real Kashmir FC, which is the first ever football club from Jammu and Kashmir to feature in the top-tier of India football, might not get to play their home fixtures out of Srinagar, i.e. their home venue. However, with the latest updates in Indian football latest news revealed that Real Kashmir FC and their fans do have a silver lining.
As reported in Indian football latest news today by Goal, it is being speculated that Real Kashmir FC might get the green signal to play their home fixtures in Srinagar after the renovation of the TRC Turf ground is carried out successfully.
When it was reported in Indian football news that the newcomers in the top-tier of India football might get forced to change their base from Srinagar to somewhere else in the upcoming I-League 2018-19 season due to lack of infrastructure. However, to much joy of the India football fans, it is being indicated in football news India that the ‘Leopards of Kashmir’ might not have to go anywhere and play in front of their home-fans.
The reason for this turn of events is the large-scale renovations that have been going on at the TRC Turf Ground in Srinagar. It is reported in football news India that the TRC Turf in Srinagar would soon be equipped with all the state-of-the-art facilities, in order to host a football clash of teams from the top-tier of India football.
Indian football latest news: TRC Turf ground might host I-League games during the winters as well
As reported in Indian football latest news by Goal, a source in the know-how of the Real Kashmir FC developments informed in a statement, “Major renovations are going on at the stadium. The dressing rooms are being re-constructed to turn it larger and more comfortable. Special attention is also being paid to the gallery as well so that the fans have a nice time.”
And to clear out any remaining uncertainties, the administration was reportedly confident about the fact that the refurbishment of the TRC Turf stadium would be finished well before the I-League starts, which is in the last week of October, 2018.
Weather conditions in Jammu and Kashmir and specially in Srinagar are violently cold during the winters more often than not, but the ground and team management remains hopeful that they will be able to host I-League and other games of the top-tier of India football in the months of December and January as well.
The source confirmed, “It will be snowing in Srinagar in the winter. But we will be taking necessary precautions to protect the surface so that games can be hosted during that time as well.”
Real Kashmir FC had won the 2nd Division I-League last season, after beating Hindustan FC 3-2 in the final. Hence, the team became the first club from Jammu & Kashmir to participate in the top-tier of India football. The club has started their preseason training from September 1 in Srinagar, and are likely to take their prep to a notch higher when they travel to Mumbai and Scotland in the later stages of their preseason preparations.