The north east region has consistently groomed talented football professionals who have represented some of the biggest clubs in the country as well as the national team. To recognise the region’s immense contribution to the sport, the opening ceremony will celebrate the cultural diversity and spirit of the eight states in the north east region – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
North East United owner Bollywood actor John Abraham has arrived along with ISL Founder and Chairperson Nita Ambani for the event and which gets under way with the opening ceremony . Abhishek Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Jacqueline Fernandes and Varun Dhawan are also in Guwahati with the latter three slated to put up a spectacular performance.
Mumbai City FC owner Ranbir Kapoor, Kerala Blasters FC owner cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Chennaiyin FC owner India ODI and Twenty20 skipper M.S Dhoni will be also reaching Guwahati for the big ocassion
Opening ceremony will have a local North East flavour with the famed Shillong Chamber Choir who have enthralled audiences across the globe slated to perform. The scintillating ceremony will see over 500 artistes and drummers from the north east regions come together to perform amidst a spectacular show.
India’s only Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu who brought glory to India at the Summer Olympics 2016 is the star attraction at the grand sports event.
Gates to Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium will open at 3.00pm . The spectacular star studded opening ceremony featuring Bollywood stars to commence at 5.30 sharp. Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt, Jacqueline Fernandes and Varun Dhawan have been putting in long hours into the intense practice sessions for the opening ceremony act which promises to be a cracker of a performance.
One can catch the opening ceremony on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD2, Star Gold, Star Gold HD, Star Jalsha Movies, Star Jalsha Movies HD, Asia Net Movies, Vijay Super and Hot Star (deferred live) from 6.15pm
The first match of Hero ISL between home side NorthEast United FC and Kerala Blasters FC will kick-off at 7.00pm .
The two teams missed out on qualification to the semi-finals of the league and they will be looking to go that extra mile this year. This promises to be a cracker of a season with a potentially explosive opening fixture.