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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Coimbatore)

Nehru Stadium
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Full nameJawaharlal Nehru Stadium
LocationCoimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates11°00′24″N 76°58′10″E / 11.006626°N 76.969475°E / 11.006626; 76.969475
OwnerCoimbatore Municipal Corporation
OperatorCoimbatore Municipal Corporation
SurfaceSynthetic track
Renovated2008 , 2017[1]
Structural engineerM. Abdul Jabbar
Chennai City FC

Nehru Stadium is a football stadium and also a multi-purpose stadium in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Constructed in 1971. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds a capacity 30,000[2] spectators. The stadium will play host to I-league club Chennai City FC. Its home stadium for the next 5 years and plays its I-League matches in Nehru Stadium and brought back Sporting life in Coimbatore by bringing the Hero I-League 2017-18.[3]


Located in the heart of Coimbatore, near V O Chidambaram Park, Nehru Stadium is a popular venue for football tournaments, cricket matches, and athletic meets. Famous matches that took place here are Santosh Trophy in the 1970s and 1990s.


The stadium is equipped with floodlights for conducting day and night matches. It has also a 400 m athletic track with football/hockey field.

Provisions were also made for dressing rooms, conference hall, cloakrooms, bath facilities for players and athletes, a mini-hospital and many more. A tunnel was even planned from the main entrance to take the athletes to the stadium without disturbing the track events. Also, for the construction of indoor games hall, swimming pool, ticket booths, electronic scoreboard, canteen room, public telephone booth and press and telex-printer service rooms. But nothing came up because only commercial establishments made the best use of the stadium's outer ring.[4]

When constructed in 1971, it was to reach a capacity of 45,000 people with 30,000 on the lower tier and further 15,000 on the second, mounted above. Unfortunately, the plan was never carried out completely, leaving the venue with single-tiered spectator terraces.

The only reminder of the plans is concrete blocks sticking out from the terracing throughout the perimeter of the ground. In three parts of the stadium – main stand and two curves – they were indeed used, but only to provide a roof over of spectators.


No seats were ever installed despite Nehru Stadium having a significant renovation in 2008. It wasn’t aimed to improve spectator areas, though, but those for sportsmen. The ground is open for everyone and providing high-quality training facilities was given priority over event infrastructure.

The stadium was again renovated in 2017 by Chennai City FC, with grass turf and installed with seats in some stands when they choose it as a home stadium.[5] In 2017-18, Chennai City Football Club renovated the Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore with new Pitch and also built new dressing rooms, broadcasting rooms, match official rooms, dope control rooms and medical rooms with necessary shower facilities and repaired all toilets and gates of the stadium.

Chennai City Football Club adopted the Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore. Most importantly Chennai City Football Club has given a new playable football stadium with all amenities to Tamilnadu and India to host national level matches. Chennai City has spent about Rs 3 crore in improving the infrastructure at Coimbatore, and they have re-laid the pitch with Bermuda grass that will vastly improve the playing surface.[6][7][1]


  1. ^ a b "Chennai City FC gear up for I-League". The Hindu. 20 November 2017.
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  3. ^ "Chennai City to stay at Kovai for next 5 years". The Times of India. 22 December 2017.
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  6. ^ "AIFF help Chennai City improve the Coimbatore pitch". thefangarage. 9 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Chennai City FC gear up for I-League". The Times of India. 20 November 2017.

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