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BNS brimming with fans after a long time

  • Published at 08:54 pm September 4th, 2018
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Spectators enjoy the Saff Championship match between Bangladesh and Bhutan at Bangabandhu National Stadium Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Only stadium in the capital capable of hosting international football matches, the BNS became the match venue of an official international game after approximately two years with the inaugural game between Nepal and Pakistan in the afternoon

The gallery of the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka was more than half-packed after quite a while as Bangladesh took on Bhutan at the Saff Championship 2018 Tuesday evening.

Only stadium in the capital capable of hosting international football matches, the BNS became the match venue of an official international game after approximately two years with the inaugural game between Nepal and Pakistan in the afternoon. The afternoon game hosted by the BNS was no different as well but it didn’t have as much spectators as the evening game. 

Bangladesh drew goalless against the same opponent during the first leg of the Asian Cup qualifiers play-off on September 6 in 2016.

There was a decent gathering during the first match of the day with a group of Nepal supporters raising their country’s flags high. They were seen cheering at the upper stand of the eastern gallery.

Nepal supporters left after their game but the home crowd started to fill the gap when Jamal Bhuiyan and Co entered the pitch for warm-up. The south-western stands, known as Abahani gallery, became jam-packed as soon as the game kicked off.

Not to mention the VIP galleries, there was also notable presence of spectators in the upper stand of the eastern gallery. There were around 15,000 spectators during the half-time of the game. 

Out of a total of 20,000 tickets made available by the BFF, 75% were distributed as complimentary tickets, mainly to the different stakeholders of BFF like the clubs and the District Football Associations.