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Kochi - Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi will host five matches of Group D, as well as one match from Group C in the preliminary stages of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

indian super league 2017 Updated: Nov 15, 2017 17:17 IST
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Brazil, Spain and Germany will be among the teams in action during the first round of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi.
Brazil, Spain and Germany will be among the teams in action during the first round of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi.(HT Photo)

With a capacity of 41,748, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi will host five matches of Group D, as well as one match from Group C in the group stages. Brazil, Spain and Germany will be among the teams in action at the venue during the first round. The ground will also host a match each in the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals. While the local organisers in the city had earlier faced criticism for C the slow pace of preparations, Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi, has reassured fans saying that all the arrangements would be completed ahead of time.

“The stadium is fit for accommodating 41,748 people. Not a single person more. In all stadiums (across six host cities), the capacity has been reduced considering the safety and security of players and spectators. Now we are very sure that with that capacity that this stadium can provide to the spectators’ safety and well-being,” Ceppi had been quoted as saying by PTI in May. In September, there has been an issue of shop owners in the stadium complex refusing to temporarily down shutters during the World Cup. The matter is sub-judice but everyone is hopeful that matches would be held in Kochi as per schedule.

Home to the Kerala Blasters franchise in the Indian Super League (ISL), the stadium hosted the ISL final last year between the home side and Atletico de Kolkata.

How to get there

Flights from major Indian cities and international flights from Gulf countries, as well as Malaysia and Singapore are also available. Trains services also connect Kochi to most cities in India. Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town are the two major railway stations in the city.

What changed

- New Individual Bucket Seats on stadium for all spectators

- Complete renovation of fire fighting system

- Complete renovation of electrical system

- New CCTV System for security

- Complete renovation of Players´ Areas, Media Areas, Spectators Areas

- New Safety and Security Standards

- 4 New Training Grounds with floodlights, dressing rooms and international standard pitch

After football, happy hours...

Fort Kochi: The beach, the Chinese fishing nets and the eateries at Fort Kochi make it the most iconic part of the city and a famous spot of attraction. Boat/ferry rides for Vypeen, a group of islands around 15 km away, can be taken from here.

The Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kohi beach. (HT Photo)

Jew Town: This part of the city in Mattancherry is famous for its colonial architecture and antique shops.

A view of the Marine Drive in Kochi from the backwaters. (HT Photo)

Ernakulam: The Marine Drive at Ernakulam is famous for its food joints, backwater/harbour cruises.

The Hill Palace at Tripunithura. (HT Photo)

Places of religious and architectural interest: St Francis Church (Vasco da Gama was buried here for 14 years before the remains were moved to Lisbon), Mattancherry Palace, Paradesi Synagogue in Jew Town, Our Lady of Hope Church, Hill Palace at Tripunithura.