Dempo Inaugurate New Club House

ashindiaashindia 8324 Points
edited February 2011 in Dempo SC
PANAJI: Dempo Sports Club provided more proof why they are considered India's leading light when it comes to football professionalism. They have built their own club house which houses an impressive gymnasium.

Interestingly though, this is just a baby step to their dreams. In the next couple of months, Dempo are almost certain to take giant strides and leave most of their competitors—and there are not too many of them—behind by building a state of the art stadium, a first by any Indian football club. The feeling at the house of the Dempos is euphoric. Forget the number of trophies they have accumulated since 2004 when they won the Federation Cup for the first time, or the players they have contributed to the national team, or even the best-paid stars on their rolls.

When Dempo took a steady step towards being an entirely professional football club with the opening of a luxurious club house in the heart of the city, it was a moment to cherish for club chairman Shrinivas Dempo. "The bonding was always there but having the team in the same building brings the team much closer to us," said Dempo, who occupies a fourth floor glasswalled office in the same building on the banks of the Mandovi river.

The club house, on the ground floor of the building that houses the company's headquarters, will now be a beehive of activity. Physical training will be conducted at the gym apart from physiotherapy sessions and meetings. "Like I've always maintained, we plan to build a stadium of our own ideally in the city, where we are based, but since there has been an inordinate delay in land acquisition, we are thinking of alternatives," said Dempo told TOI. The alternative site for the stadium will be Corlim—12 km away from the city—where the company owns around 60,000 sq mt of land.

Dempo have identified 76,000 sq mt land at St Cruz, bordering Panaji, for the construction of a state-of-the-art international stadium, but for almost two years now the government has been unable to complete the formalities of handing over the land to the club.

"The file is pending with the Town and Country Planning ( TCP) department for change of zone. They might put it up at the next meeting," said a source within the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA) who had acquired the land and agreed to hand it over to Dempo for the construction of a stadium.

The DSYA has handed over the Trinity ground in Benaulim to Churchill Brothers Sports Club as part of a scheme that enables professional clubs build stadiums of their own. "It is imperative that we have a stadium of our own but such delays has not helped our cause. I expect the government will revert to us in the next couple of months and we will then have a clear picture," said the Dempo chairman.

Dempo, in the meanwhile, have signed an agreement with sports infrastructure company, Trans Stadia, and will entrust them with the responsibility of constructing the stadium, which is expected to have a 30,000 capacity. "Trans Stadia will be using a unique technology. We will have a natural turf stadium and not an artificial one, as is the latest trend," said Dempo.

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  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata5478 Points
    Thanks to Dempo that we are going to witness winds of change in Indian football. Do you have any pics of the planned model and gymnasium or any idea about the budget?
    I just hope they qualify for the ACL. Would boost their morale.
  • usaindiausaindia 1671 Points
    money involved in champions league is real good just the subsidy for travel is around 30,000 usd
  • sanvedjadhavsanvedjadhav 1096 Points
    any progress here after more than a  year?.....can anybody tell me?<br>
  • any progress here after more than a  year?.....can anybody tell me?<br>

    <br><div><br></div><div>I think they have postponed it. That is just a guess though because sense they announced they announced other things as well so they maybe rethinking for the future.</div>
  • ashindiaashindia 8324 Points
    <font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">I guess they still haven't got the land transferred.</font>
  • silicon3silicon3 351 Points
    its definitely on Srinivas dempo's mind..dont know when but it will come to fruition..after winning the league newspaper herald quoted him saying .he was concerned that the wage bill is rising beyond control &  the academy will be with a full fledged school , with preference given to d goan lads in d academy"<br>
  • ashindiaashindia 8324 Points
    silicon3 wrote:
    its definitely on Srinivas dempo's mind..dont know when but it will come to fruition..after winning the league newspaper herald quoted him saying .he was concerned that the wage bill is rising beyond control &  the academy will be with a full fledged school , with preference given to d goan lads in d academy"<br>

    <br><div><br></div><div>What about the stadium any update on it,they even tied up with a company for that.</div>
  • There is a lot that goes into the stadium planning. I dont know what it is like in India but here in the US in order to get the stadium you need SUPER backing by tons of investors, a bond and state and city approval and a plan to show that a stadium can be profitable in the future.
  • AdminAdmin 240 Points
    <span style="font-weight: normal; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">The plan for the academy is ready. I have met the Chief Minister and he is very keen on going ahead with the project. The only hindrance at present is that the Regional Plan is not in place. We are hopeful that the Regional Plan would be in place within six months so that we can kick-start the project. We are looking to tie up the academy and our proposed stadium,” Mr Dempo said.</span><div style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><br></span></div><div><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><b>There he mentions about the stadium!</b></span></div>
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