Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, India, is a multipurpose sports arena hosting football and other sporting events, as well as large-scale entertainment events. It is named after the first Prime Minister of India.The all-seater facility seats 60,000 spectators, and up to 100,000 for concerts. In terms of seating capacity, it is the fourth largest multipurpose stadium in India and the 51st largest in the World. The stadium houses the headquarters of the Indian Olympic Association.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was constructed by the Government of India to host the 9th Asian Games in 1982, following which it hosted the 1989 Asian Championships in Athletics and the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the stadium reduced its capacity from 78,000 to 60,000 spectators.
Hosted Sports And Events:
The stadium played host to Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! Benefit Concert on September 30, 1988. The show was headlined by Sting and Peter Gabriel and also featured Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour and Ravi Shankar.The project was led and managed by Mr. Ramji Lal from CPWD.The King of Pop Michael Jackson was scheduled to perform at the stadium in August or September 1994, would end the Dangerous World Tour. However, as the entire 1994 leg was canceled in fall 1993, including U.S. and Canada
dates, this show was also canceled.
The Stadium has hosted One Day International matches featuring India: against Australia
in 1984, and South Africa
in 1991. Batsman Kepler Wessels played in both the matches, but for different countries, scoring 107 for Australia and 90 for South Africa
Some local National Football League (now defunct) matches have also been played here. The 2011 SAFF Cup was held here from 2 Dec - 11 Dec 2011.The Final Was also Played Here Which India Won Against Afghanistan
4-0. All the Awards Moved In Sunil Chetri's Pocket For A Very Fine Display.On January 10, 2012, the Government of India in agreement with Audi. Co. has hosted a friendly football exhibition match between Indian national football team and Germany
's leading football club Bayern Munich F.C at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. In the one sided affair, German club has defeated India by 4-0 in front of 30,000 spectators, which is not normally seen in India for the football matches. This was the Last Match (Farewell) For Baichung Bhutia As Captain.
2010 Commonwealth Games:
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was the main venue for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. It hosted the Opening and Closing ceremonies as well as athletics events for the Delhi Games. The stadium underwent massive redesign and reconstruction for the biggest multi-sport event hosted by India to that date. It was opened to the general public on 27 July 2010.The opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games has been held. Security for the ceremony used NSG, CRPF and Delhi police personnel. Tickets were checked by electronic ticket checking machine similar to the ones used in the Delhi Metro. There are over 350 CCTV cameras in the venue. Delhi was closed, in the sense that all the malls, shops, offices and call-centers in Delhi were closed before and during the ceremony.
2013 South Asian Games:
The 2013 South Asian Games will be held at the Nehru Stadium.
Home Of Indian National Football Team:
The Indian team will play it home matches in the Nehru Stadium after it was handed over by Sports Ministry to the AIFF.India's first match in the new stadium was to be played against UAE in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off on 28 July,2011.However, this match was shifted to Ambedkar Stadium
because of the unplayable conditions at the Nehru stadium.The 2011 SAFF Cup was held here from 2 Dec - 11 Dec 2011 with the Indian team emerging victorious.The 2012 Nehru Cup was held from August 23rd to September 2nd at this venue.