FA Cup Final venue shifted

As the National Stadium pitch in Bukit Jalil is not ready for the FA Cup Final between Pahang and Felda United on Saturday, the venue has been shifted to the Shah Alam Stadium.

FA Cup Final 2014 Organising Committee chairman Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah said the committee found the grass at the National Stadium had yet to mature during an inspection recently.

Hence, the venue was changed to avoid damaging the grass, he told reporters after chairing the meeting at the Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya.

Meanwhile, Afandi, who is also FAM Deputy President, said both Pahang and Felda United would get 30,000 tickets each while the remaining 10,000 tickets, priced at RM40 for adults and RM5 for children, would be sold online at www.tickethotline.com.my from June 3.

He said those who bought tickets online could claim them at the Malawati Stadium, Shah Alam, as there would be no sale of tickets at the venue on the match day.

"Each fan is allowed to purchase a maximum of four tickets," he said.

At a separate news conference, Malaysia Stadium Corporation chairman Datuk Rozabil Abdul Rahman refuted a newspaper report which claimed that the delay in upgrading the field by a contractor was to blame for the change of the FA Cup Final venue.

He asserted that the National Stadium pitch was not ready for matches as the grass had yet to mature and holding the FA Cup final there could damage and stunt its growth.

"We don't want to take the risk as the bad weather recently had affected the growth of the grass. The National Stadium pitch surface is different from that of other stadiums as it is below ground level while the roofs block sunlight from certain parts of the field, thus stunting its growth.

"To aid the growth of the grass, LED grow lights, which have been fixed at the National Stadium, will be lighted," he said, adding that the lights could be used for a long time due inclement weather of late.

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