Balewadi Stadium - Pune

The Balewadi Stadium, with a capacity of 10,000, is not the largest of venue in the Indian Super League (ISL), but has served as FC Pune City’s home since the inaugural season in 2014

indian super league 2017 Updated: Nov 17, 2017 11:10 IST
Bhargab Sarmah
Bhargab Sarmah
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The Balewadi Stadium, home of FC Pune City in the Indian Super League (ISL), has hosted various teams over the years -- from I-League clubs Pune FC, Mumbai FC and Air India to the Indian national football team, and had also hosted the 2011 Federation Cup.(ISL/Twitter)

Located on the outskirts of Pune, the Balewadi Stadium had once served as the home ground of former I-League club Pune FC, who finished as high as second in the 2012-13 season of the Indian top-flight. With a capacity of less than 10,000, the Balewadi Stadium is not the largest of stadia in the Indian Super League (ISL), but has served as FC Pune City’s bastion since the inaugural season in 2014.

The Balewadi Staduim had previously also served as the home ground for I-League clubs Mumbai FC and Air India during the renovation of the Cooperage Stadium in Mumbai, and had hosted a few home games of the Indian men’s national football team. It co-hosted the 2011 Federation Cup alongside the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, and later was the home of Bharat FC and, more recently, DSK Shivajians in the I-League.

Part of the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi has served as the main football ground in the city, and has been a consistent presence in the I-League and the ISL since the 2009-10 season. With a strong squad at the club’s disposal, the Orange Army will hope to witness some entertaining football at the ground this coming season.

First Published: Nov 16, 2017 18:23 IST