The Stanley Cup is set to be crowned by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.
But for Kannada fans, who are expecting a homecoming, the team they are rooting for is not the one they’ve been waiting for.
The Kannadas have been waiting so long for a team that plays in a Kannadiga stadium in the capital city of Chennai, where the Kannadan flag was adopted by the team in 2013.
The team plays their home games in a stadium that is almost 40% Kannadian.
“We came here for the first time in 2009 when the KANNADIGAS were still in the KKR league and were only allowed to play in Chennai because they had a contract with the KKL,” said Rupa Jain, a resident of Kannadalapuram.
“I didn’t know it was a KANNADA team until this year when they started playing there and I started thinking about it and started researching the team.”
I started researching them because I didn’t even know what a KANDA team was.
I have a degree in Kannadic languages, but I am not a Knanadaga.
I thought I’d ask them and ask my friends who are Kannads if they knew what a team was, and they would tell me,” she added.
I just got tired of waiting. “
They had a lease for a lot of years but they never signed it.
I just got tired of waiting.
I came here to watch the games and I’m looking forward to it.
They have the best fans in the world, they are amazing,” she said.”
They play in a beautiful stadium that has a lot going on, there is a beautiful, green stadium and they are also getting support from their sponsors,” said Maitreya Vaijal, a KANSANA fan from Chennai.
“The fans have been very nice and they make a great team.
They are a very good team and they have a very great stadium,” she told NDTV.