The opening of ISL witnessed the true blend of sports and glamour. The grand opening ceremony saw the likes of many eminent people from the world of entertainment along with the football stars at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan. Dazzling lights accompanied with big screens and thousands of spectators summed up the grand opening of the ISL.
The forty five minute event created an adrenaline rush among the audience who got to see not only their favorite footballers but also a constellation of film stars and business tycoons. Some of the eminent personalities who could be seen in the galleries included Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Amitabh Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Sanjeev Goenka, Mukesh Ambani, Nargis Fakhri, John Abraham, Ranbir Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and others. It was indeed a starry evening at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan.
Priyanka Chopra danced like a dream to hit numbers from her films like ‘Tu ne mari entriyaan’ and completely mesmerized the sixty eight thousand people seated at the stadium. The actress also won over the audience with her use of some Bengali words like “Amar songe clap”. Hrithik Roshan who is the co-owner of the Pune team even took the actress in his arms and swung her around.
The first match of ISL was between Athletico de Kolkata (ATK) and Mumbai City FC (MCFC). Athletico de Kolkata won the match by scoring three goals.
Proclaimed as a game changer for football scenario in India, the ISL opening was indeed a treat for the eyes. We hope that the ISL achieves what it intended to for the football scenario in the country.