Beijing (AP) Chinese soccer fans are excited about the idea of a new field, but one of the organizers of the project says it may take a few years to get started.
The Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe says it wants to build an indoor soccer stadium that will be able to host matches at night, and play indoor soccer games for about 200,000 people.
The team says it’s already sold about 2,000 tickets and has received a $4 million grant from the Chinese government.
The project was backed by the government, but its promoters have been criticized for not disclosing any financial details about the financing.
Some soccer fans say the group should have given more information about the money.
The soccer association is hoping to build a soccer stadium in central China at a site it purchased for $4.5 million last year.
The Shenyang group has not yet announced a location.
The group’s director, Liu Zhongyun, said his group has about 500 members and plans to open a permanent training center in Shenyang for the next three months to host regular games and training camps.