THE MONUMENTAL I-LEAGUE CLASH between Aizawl FC and Mohun Bagan due to take place on Saturday afternoon at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in the Mizoram capital has already sold out.
Aizawl FC, the first club from North-East India to have come this close to winning the top division league title, will play a climactic match against Mohun Bagan that is likely to decide who will be crowned the Champions of India.
Mohun Bagan and Aizawl FC are both on 30 points from 16 matches, and with just two matches left for each team, a win in this match will go a long way to secure the league title.
The match will be the biggest, most high-stakes professional football match to be played in Mizoram and it features the only top division club the state has ever produced. Naturally the demand for tickets was sky high from the get go. Tickets priced Rs 100 and 200 were snapped up by eager fans yesterday when the sales opened, and the VIP tickets ran out earlier today.
This creates a huge question mark for what will be the fate of the high number of Mohun Bagan fans who are likely to travel to Aizawl to witness this historic match; as most of them had hoped to obtain tickets after reaching the host city the day before matchday.
It is understood that Aizawl FC have sent 25 tickets to Mohun Bagan to accomodate the dozens of club officials who are also likely to travel to attend the match. This does not take into account the high number of away fans who want to go.
But thankfully for the thousands of fans - local and visiting - who do not have a ticket; the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium is famous for the hill slopes surrounding it where fans who could not get into the arena can take a seat among the grass and bushes and enjoy the game.
Saturday's match may turn out to have the highest number of attendance the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium has ever seen; both inside and just outside the ground.