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FIFA Local Organising Committee (LOC) Tournament Director Javier Ceppi (R) receives the papers for the Salt Lake Stadium during a handover ceremony in the Indian city of Kolkata on September 10, 2017. Kolkata's refurbished Salt Lake Stadium has been handed over to the FIFA local organising committee ahead of the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World CupDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty

When the biggest football event in the history of India is set to start in less than a month, how can two of the most crazy soccer regions in the country lie down in a slumber. As was expected, the tickets for the FIFA U17 World Cup matches in Kolkata and Kerala are selling like hot cakes.

News agency IANS reported on Tuesday that the blockbuster opening football match at the JLN Stadium in Kochi has been sold out. Brazil take on Spain in Kochi on October 7.

READ: When the tickets got sold out in Kolkata in LESS than 24 hours!

The Kerala Football Association (KFA), meanwhile, is not keen on celebrating the selling out of tickets for the first match. Instead, they are totally keen on doing their business by the deadline. 

"We have no role in sales of tickets and such things," explained Kerala Football Association President KMI Mathar. "We do what we are told and the stadium where the matches are going to be held will be taken over by the FIFA on September 20.

"The FIFA team takes care of each and every aspect including the accommodation, travel and other things about the teams," added Mathar.

The happy hunting ground for Kerala Blasters, the JLN Stadium's total capacity has been brought down to 41,000 for the FIFA tournament, taking into account the security concerns.

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Preparations underway ahead of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 at the Salt Lake Stadium in KolkataKuntal Chakrabarty/IANS

Same has been the case for the iconic Salt Lake Stadium of Kolkata, which will host the grand finale of the Under-17 World Cup. Over 100 crore INR has been utilised to renovate the stadium and the seating capacity has been brought down to 66,687 for the football tournament.

"It is on a par with all football stadia that has hosted a World Cup final. In terms of looks, it gets a 10," a delighted Javier Ceppi, head of the local organising committee for the World Cup, spoke to the Hindustan Times.

Fixtures info: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

Oct 8 Chile vs England 5 pm IST
  Iraq vs Mexico 8 pm IST
Oct 11 England vs Mexico 5 pm IST
  Iraq vs Chile 8 pm IST
Oct 14 Japan vs New Caledonia 5 pm IST
  England vs Iraq 8 pm IST
Oct 17 R16 8 pm IST
Oct 22 QF 8 pm IST
Oct 28 3/4 Place 5 pm IST
  Final 8 pm IST

Fixtures info: JLN Stadium, Kochi

Oct 7 Brazil vs Spain 5 pm IST
  DPR Korea vs Niger 8 pm IST
Oct 10 Spain vs Niger 5 pm IST
  DPR Korea vs Brazil 8 pm IST
Oct 13 Guinea vs Germany 5 pm IST
  Spain vs DPR Korea 8 pm IST
Oct 18 R16 8 pm IST
Oct 22 QF 5 pm IST