No overflow this time
To counter influx of spectators at venues during the Bangabandhu Gold Cup football tournament, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to strictly maintain the entrances.
The six-nation invitational tournament will commence on January 29 at Sylhet, which has witnessed overflowing crowd entering the playing area during an international friendly last year.
“That (match between Bangladesh U-23 and Nepal U-23) was a test case to see whether there were spectators for football. Besides, tickets were sold beyond the capacity of the gallery and lot of spectators rushed to the stadium but this time tickets will not be sold beyond the capacity and we will strictly maintain the entrances,” said additional police commissioner Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hasan, who is also the head of the security and traffic management sub-committee of the tournament, after its first meeting at the BFF House yesterday.
Hasan also ensured that foolproof security would be provided to the participating teams during their stay either in Dhaka or Sylhet.
Sylhet will host four games including one semifinal while the remaining matches of the 11-day tournament including the February 8 final will be held at Dhaka's Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Meanwhile, the BFF executive committee yesterday approved an estimated budget of Tk. 15 crore for the tournament, a considerable rise of the previous budget of Tk nine crore.