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    Rohit Ravindran is kick-starting the first night street football tournament along the ECR today, and you are invited

    Ask Rohit Ravindran why he started a street football arena along the ECR and his only answer is, a�?I am passionate about the sport.a�? Having started playing at the St Marya��s ground in 2012, this fashion and film photographer decided to do something about the dearth of decent football grounds in the city. a�?A friend of mine had some land on the ECR and I took up a portion of it on lease,a�? he says, adding that it took about two and a half lakhs to set up his arena, Kick Off, last November. Since then, hea��s had visitors ranging from corporate teams (Zomato, HCL) to celebrities (actor Atharvaa) and even the captain of the Indian football team.

    11194429_536426936489468_7917095154523171463_oRavindrana��s arena measures 75×30 feet, which is just a little smaller than a regular football ground and he hopes to set up one within the city soon. a�?I see a lot of locals taking interest in the sport and coming to watch the tournaments,a�? says Ravindran, who is conducting one tonight as well. a�?We usually get a lot more teams participating, but today its just 10 teams of four players each and the tournament will start at 5.30 pm,a�? he shares. Winding up at around 2 am, it is open to all ages and anyone is welcome to watch. And in case you were wondering how different a game of arena football is from the regular version, Ravindran explains, a�?Regular football fields have boundaries, while arenas have a three foot wall on all sides. You are allowed to bounce the ball off the wall or even dribble using the wall.a�?

    Kick Off charges Rs 1,500 for an hour and Rs 2,600 for two hours, with an extra hour free on your next visit. Details: 9962027377

    Ryan Peppin

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