It cannot be denied that, in recent years, Indian football is gradually developing stronger and is also interested in building more facilities by the government.
If you have the opportunity to travel to India and want to experience a football match in India, do not forget to visit the following stadiums!
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is considered one of the most beautiful stadiums in India. It was first opened in 1983 as a versatile sports stadium and renovated in 2010 to meet the international standards of FIFA, AFC, and IAAF. After the renovation, the Stadium can accommodate 60,000 people.
Since its inception, this Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has also played a significant part in the history of Indian football. According to some reputable online casino podcasts, this place saw a friendly match between India and Bayern Munich in 2012. Although India lost 0-3, many people will remember this match as the farewell match of the Indian legend, Baichung Bhutia.
The Capital Stadium has also hosted eight matches in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and will once again be one of the main stadiums in the 2020 FUFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. This Stadium is considered as the home ground of ISL’s Delhi Dynamos FC. It was also named the best pitch in ISL at the end of last season.
Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
Salt Lake Stadium or Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) in Kolkata is rated as the most iconic football stadium in India. Salt Lake was built in 1984 and was considered as the largest football stadium in the world until 1989. In terms of capacity, this Stadium set a record when it accommodated 131,781 people in 1997 in the semi-finals of the League Cup between Mohun. Bagan and East Bengal.
Although the capacity of Salt Lake has been reduced to 85,000 after renovation in 2011, the Stadium has seen some great moments in Indian football history. The 2017 World U17 Final, the first FIFA tournament to be held in India, was held at the Salt Lake Stadium. Some legendary names of world football such as Lionel Messi and Oliver Kahn also arrived at the Stadium. The Blues Tigers have also played many important games in this Stadium.
The Stadium is currently home to ATK in the Indian Super League and two of the biggest contenders in Indian football, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal of the I-League.