A World Cup banner at JRD Tata Sports Complex on Thursday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Thomas Mueller is targeting another hat-trick and Neymar Jr is ready to score. As the Fifa World Cup 2014 hots up in Brazil, there’s a mad scramble for action on the screens, the larger the better, in the city.
But, it will be tough to match the screen — to be installed by Tata Steel sports department on Friday — for size.
A 12x9ft screen will be fixed at one corner of JRD Sports Complex. This will screen the four quarter-final matches on Friday and Saturday.
Preparations for this have already started, with banners of FIFA World Cup being put up inside the complex. Along with the screen, chairs will be in place by Friday evening.
However, entry is restricted to only invitees.
“We have sent invitation to football lovers who are our employees and officers of Tata Steel. We have also invited functionaries of Jamshedpur Sporting Association. Cadets of Tata Football Academy, athletics and archery cradles as well as trainees of our training centre will also be there to enjoy the matches from 9.30pm onward,” said aid sports department head Charles Borromeo.
“The football World Cup comes once in every four years. We want our guests to enjoy the match together and thought the quarter-finals would be just the right matches to showcase on big screen. We are sure our guests will enjoy every bit of the quarter-finals here,” Borromeo added.
He, however, said that the second match of the night, which starts from 1.30am, would not be screened.
A similar effort is being made by Vivekanand Milan Sangha in Parsudih on the outskirts of the steel city.
The local club will set up a 12x12ft screen at its grounds to show the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the summit clashes.
“Football World Cup is a sporting extravaganza and we want to enjoy the matches together. Watching matches on a 12x12ft screen is far different from sitting at home and catching the action,” said club member Sudipto Dey.
The quarter-finals will kick off with a cracker of a match between Germany and France on Friday, followed by the one between Argentina and Belgium the next evening.