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New Delhi - Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

Hosts India will be playing all their group matches of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi

indian super league 2017 Updated: Nov 15, 2017 17:18 IST
HT Correspondent
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will host the opening match of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on October 6 but due to FIFA’s concern over rising pollution in New Delhi around Diwali, there will be no World Cup matches after October 16.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will host the opening match of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on October 6 but due to FIFA’s concern over rising pollution in New Delhi around Diwali, there will be no World Cup matches after October 16.(HT Photo)

The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi is not new to hosting mega events. This was the venue for 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. It has also seen its share of top flight football action – hosting the SAFF Championship and the Nehru Cup. Even Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have set foot in this stadium turf for a testimonial for Bhaichung Bhutia.

However, the same pitch will not be used for the 2017 U-17 World Cup. The main field of play has been re-laid ahead of the youth tournament. Even the warm-up pitch saw major revamp after Jaime Yarza, FIFA head of tournaments, raised concerns.

The seating capacity of the stadium is 60,000 but the World Cup might see less seats as the organisers are averse to the idea of the stadium looking empty during matches. Initially, New Delhi saw a slow response in terms of ticket sales. And so, at the last moment India’s matches (Group A) were shifted to New Delhi. The move has seen rise in interest from the football enthusiasts.

The other three teams in the group are Ghana, United States of America and Colombia.

The JLN Stadium will host the opening match of the tournament on October 6 but due to FIFA’s concern over rising pollution in New Delhi around Diwali, there will be no World Cup matches after October 16.

How to get there

Flights and trains are available from all major cities in India. There are five terminal stations – The New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Nizamuddin Railway Station, Anand Vihar Railway Terminal and Sarai Rohilla.

What changed

- 3 new team Dressing Rooms

- New Media Tribune

- New Safe Evacuation Gates for Spectators

- Improved Sports Lighting

- Improved facilities for Spectators

- 2 new training grounds with floodlights, dressing rooms and international standard pitch

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The India Gate monument in New Delhi. (HT Photo)

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Nizammudin Dargah in New Delhi. (HT Photo)

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