Chennai, now you can take your girlfiend for a date on a football field
With A FIFA-approved turf all the way from Amsterdam, Chennai’s newest football ground Turf 137 sounds like a crowd puller already. Brace yourself for this. There’s even half a foot of padding embedded below the 60 mm grass to protect your knees. But what sets it apart from other soccer venues is that owner Thirukumaran Roopkumar envisions it as a ‘community space’ that goes far beyond game time.
Imagine watching a Manchester vs Chelsea match on an 20-foot screen with friends and family, smack in the centre of this 5-a-side open arena. “People can come with their picnic baskets and blankets and watch a match out in the open. I picture it sort of like a park vibe, which is why it’s also a non-caged structure with nets that are almost invisible at a distance,” says the 25-year-old who hails from a family of businessmen.
Given that a large section of enthusiasts following the Premier League are like Thirukumaran, 20-somethings with girlfriends, romance has also been artfully woven in to business model, although it isn’t in the tariff card just yet. By which we mean, you can actually book this massive 86 feet x 60 feet ground for a solo date night with your better half. “Just before we opened, I surprised my girlfriend by covering her eyes and walking her in to a private set-up for two, complete with a bottle of wine,” he shares with a smile. Under the floodlights and the stars, odds are that the only thing you’re not going to be keeping score of is... goals.
At No 137, Velachery Main Road, Guindy. Booking charges: Rs 1,500 upwards. Details: 8939737137